Anant Geete lauds technology used in ARAI’s lightweight bus

Union minister Anant Geete on Friday urged the auto industry to implement the technology used in the ARAI’s aluminium lightweight bus, which was the centre of attention on the last day of the Symposium of International Automotive Technology. 

The bus, designed by the Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), contains just 13% steel content with the rest being aluminium. “The bus is around 800kg lighter (than the regular buses) and more fuel efficient,” the minister said, while urging the industry to not miss the opportunity in implementing the technology used in the ARAI bus.

The average bus weighs around 3,000-3,500kg, which makes the ARAI bus to be around 2,200-2,700kg. 

“It has a recyclable and 32% lighter superstructure that can result in 8% improvement in fuel economy. This will eventually result in 3,000 litres of fuel savings every year,” ARAI said.

The agency added that there could be decline of 36 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission over the life-cycle of the bus.

Experts from the auto sector said the challenge now will be to replicate the ARAI bus model on a mass scale and bring these kind of technologies into production

The ARAI also said it would build the country’s first National Automotive Technology museum in the city. “The museum will showcase the evolution of auto technology and also bring out what the future of automotive technologies might look like,” Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director, ARAI, said.

She presented an outline for the fourth of ARAI’s testing facility in the city. To be built on 110 acre in Takwe, near Talegaon, the Mobility Research Centre will have facilities like test tracks for autonomous vehicles, tyre wheel research and development, fire safety research lab, hydrogen and fuel cell technology centre, among others. 

Geete, meanwhile, said it was heartening that the industry was accepting the change proposed by the government towards alternative fuel and electric vehicles.