Bajaj's CNG two-wheeler to hit market this month

Mumbai: Leading automobile manufacturer Bajaj Auto Ltd is extending its three-wheeler CNG technology to two-wheelers with a planned launch of CNG-fuelled bikes this month.

"We are on schedule for a CNG two-wheeler. Something in this line will be launched this month," Bajaj Auto managing director Rajiv Bajaj told reporters, without specifying whether it would be a motorcycle or a scooter, the engine capacity or its pricing.

Bajaj Auto's foray into the CNG two-wheeler category will mark a new chapter after it had proved its mastery of the technology in the three-wheeler category.

Bajaj also said that the company has developed a direct injection two-stroke three-wheeler and about 50 of them are running on the Pune roads on a pilot project.

Asked if that technology could also be extended to two wheelers, he said it was premature to comment.

BAL had earlier said the company was developing dual fuel three wheelers, which will use an alternate fuel besides CNG / LPG.

Earlier this Monday Bajaj Auto inaugurated its greenfield plant with a planned capacity of one million motorcycles per annum at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Built on 65 acres amidst a vender cluster of 155 acres, the Pantnagar facility is Bajaj Auto's fourth Plant and its first outside Maharashtra. The unit has a plant area of 40,000 sq mt and will employ 600 line engineers who have been trained at Chakan for 3 months