Q: It appears Tata Motors is making its bets on gaseous fuels in its journey to carbon neutrality. What position will hydrogen play in it?
There are 3 ways wherein you need to use hydrogen. One of them is mixing with CNG (H-CNG). Though 18% mix is permissible, hydrogen is just not accessible. Technically permissible, and it is doable to make use of. The second is burning hydrogen within the IC engine. And the third is the hydrogen gas cell.
Q: In phrases of your expertise maturity, which of the expertise kinds are nearer to market at Tata Motors?
Today hydrogen is just not accessible, however when you say hydrogen goes to be accessible in 2025 we’ll be prepared. Show us the roadmap, after which we can be there.
Q: You’ll be prepared with all of the three choices?
Q: For effectivity, if I’m not flawed, scorching hydrogen expertise does not match the gas cell expertise. But the benefit is that you do not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the powertrain. But can it match the effectivity of diesel?
I’d say it’s approaching (when it comes to effectivity stage).
Q: And how does it evaluate with CNG?
I feel it will likely be at par.
Q: How do you see the adoption pattern for ADAS applied sciences within the business car phase?
It will begin from the top-end, and any susceptible car classes in between the small and the heavy business automobiles. Especially when you take the case of the ESC (Electronic Stability Control), it isn’t obligatory that it has to begin solely from the top-end. It’s going to make sense, particularly for the buses for instance, the place you understand, there’s a (notified) regulation.
So, relying on the appliance, the car profile, and the responsibility cycle, one can find some or different ADAS options. But affordability and appreciation by the client goes to be essential. The security consciousness is rising little doubt, however somebody ought to be capable of pay for that.
Like we mentioned, the cost-value equation works a lot better for the larger and the heavy automobiles, after which it should trickle all the way down to the opposite automobiles.
Q: In phrases of a timeline, when can, say an L2 autonomy stage truck, be seen on the highway? Right now, the just-launched vehicles with some ADAS options would qualify as near L1?
It’s near L1. But full L1 plus L2 goes to take time. I’d say wherever between 3 and 6 years. But it’s important to additionally perceive that, are we speaking about one car to be made L2-compliant, or all of the automobiles to be made L2 compliant? Because then there’s going to be a roadmap to cowl all car classes. So that can be an extended time frame. But as a expertise, availability and showcasing of expertise, market trials, all that’s doable. But adoption will take its personal time.