Ashok Leyland might launch Optare hybrid buses in India

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The truck maker from Hinduja Group stable, Ashok Leyland is reportedly exploring options to launch a hybrid version of its Optare buses in India. The company holds a 75 per cent stake in UK-bus maker Optare.
The company already has electric vehicles under the Optare portfolio. Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Ashok Leyland was quoted as saying “But considering it is expensive, it is not viable for the Indian market. We could introduce a viable hybrid alternative in the country.” It was mentioned that the company’s R&D investment in 2011-12 grew 20 per cent to Rs 349 crore. This is 3 per cent of the total turnover
R. Seshasayee, Executive Vice-Chairman was quoted as saying ``We have been working on alternative fuels for long with our CNG buses. Our R&D team is exploring ways to make fuel-efficient vehicles. We are doing a lot of work on developing hybrid vehicles.”
Tags : Hinduja Group, Ashok Leyland, UK, Optare, India, Dheeraj Hinduja, 2011, 2012, R. Seshasayee, CNG, R&D

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