Indian SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.) has launched a CNG variant of its successful mini truck, the Maxximo. ‘Maxximo CNG’ is aimed at promoting eco-friendly, last-mile transportation of goods. Launched ex-showroom Delhi at a price of INR 3.99 Lakh (USD 7,100), the low maintenance Maxximo CNG’s 25.6 HP (18.4 Kw) engine achieves 19 km/litre, on average.
Speaking at the launch, Vivek Nayer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “Mahindra is committed towards sustainable mobility and the environment and the launch of the Maxximo CNG BSIV is one more step in that direction. At the same time, Maxximo CNG delivers a better value proposition to its owners and drivers which results in enhanced earnings for them.”
Commenting on the opportunity that the market holds for CNG-powered commercial vehicles, Mr. Nayer added, “Delhi NCR has benefited greatly from a policy-thrust that leverages the potential of inexpensive & clean fuels like CNG. Also, businesses that operate on the hub and spoke model consider vehicles like Maxximo CNG ideal for the last mile transportation of goods. With the widest range of CNG-powered small commercial vehicles In India, Mahindra is best-poised to deliver efficient and environment-friendly solutions for a variety of cargo transportation needs”.
The Maxximo CNG is powered by a 4-Stroke Spark Ignition engine that delivers power of 25.6 HP (18.4 Kw) and torque of 57 Nm (5.8 Kgm). This allows the Maxximo CNG to carry heavy loads, even up steep inclines.
Equipped with gas cylinders of 80 litre capacity (combined, equivalent of water) and a best-in-class mileage of 19 km/litre, the Maxximo CNG allows its operator to transport goods to up to 270 kms on full tanks.
Enhanced with 7-leaf rear suspension, a strong cargo body and a loading area of 35 sq. ft (3.2 sq.m), the vehicle can handle 750 kg of rated payload
The Maxximo CNG features several safety characteristics, some tailored to CNG fuel. A cut-off switch ensures that the engine cannot be cranked while refueling and a fire extinguisher is conveniently placed for quick access during an emergency. With only 7 joints in the gas-piping system, the chances of gas-leakage are fewer.
(This article compiled using information from a Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. press release)
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