JCB India Limited, launched dual-fuel CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Backhoe Loader in India. This new machine ‘JCB 3DX DFi’ can operate on CNG and diesel simultaneously using the HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) technology.
The machine was launched by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari.
The machine has been developed in India and has been tested in various operating conditions before its launch. It will be built at the company’s Delhi-NCR factory at Ballabgarh. JCB India has five factories and a Design Centre in the country.
JCB group’s sixth factory is currently under construction at Vadodara, Gujarat. The company has exported Made in India machines to over 110 countries which are designed and manufactured. JCB India’s CEO and Managing Director, Deepak Shetty said that this dual-fuel machine can substitute Diesel with CNG and has been developed to cater to the evolving needs of its customers. It will further contribute to the creation of Infrastructure in the country and will also be exported to countries around the world”.
He claims that it will save around Rs one lakh at the current crude price per year for the customer. The dual-fuel variant would cost four per cent more compared to the normal one.
This dual-fuel CNG Backhoe Loader is based on the same 3DX model which is well established in the Indian market. It offers flexible fuelling, which will help customers sustain in remote areas, where a CNG refilling point is unavailable. On the demand for construction equipment, he said, month on month demand is picking up as infrastructure projects, including road construction, are coming back, and the rural economy is doing well.
JCB has one of the widest dealer networks in the country. Engineers at its 60+ dealers and more than 700 outlets are trained and with adequate parts stock at each of its locations. This ensures customers get professional product support. The machine will also come fitted with JCB’s advanced telematics technology – JCB LiveLink. Through this, machines can be tracked and monitored in real-time. This technology also gives updates on the Service, Operations, and Security of the machine, online or through a mobile application.
CNG is also more economical and helps lower the operating costs to the end customer. With the global concern on the environment and sustainability, JCB is committed to supporting the cause through the launch of this Dual Fuel CNG Backhoe Loader. The machine has been developed in India and has been tested in various operating conditions before its launch. It will be built at company’s Delhi-NCR factory at Ballabgarh.
Speaking at the occasion JCB India’s CEO and Managing Director, Deepak Shetty said “Throughout our four decades of operations in India, we have continued to invest in Innovation. It is one of the cornerstones of our operations. This dual-fuel machine can substitute Diesel with CNG and has been developed to cater to the evolving needs of our customers. It will further contribute to the creation of Infrastructure in the country and will also be exported to countries around the world”