TCPL Green Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (TCPL GES) signs MoU with Govt. of Jharkhand to power a cleaner India

TCPL GES, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Cummins Private Limited (TCPL), a 50:50 joint venture of Tata Motors Limited and Cummins Inc. USA, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Jharkhand to set up a manufacturing plant to produce low-to-zero-emission technologies for mobility solutions. The MoU was signed by Shri Jitendra Kumar, Secretary, Department of Industries, Government of Jharkhand, and Mr Ajay Patil, Chief Financial Officer, Cummins Group in India, in the presence of Shri Hemant Soren, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Mr Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors and Mr Nitin Jirafe, Vice President, Engine Business, Cummins India.

This collaboration demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to India’s Panchamrit Tatva to combat climate change and aligns with Jharkhand Government’s vision of transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Jharkhand will be one of the first states in India to open the doors for manufacturing advanced technology products for the commercial vehicle industry in India, which will contribute to reducing the nation’s carbon footprint.

An investment of over Rs. 350 Crores will be done over the next few years by TCPL GES to produce fuel-agnostic powertrain solutions including Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine, Battery Electric Vehicle Systems, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Systems, and Fuel Delivery Systems. As a significant step toward investing in future clean energy technologies, the state-of-the-art production facility corroborates with Tata Motors’ and Cummins India’s commitment to the Make in India initiative and making India self-reliant. Like all other Cummins facilities, the TCPL GES site will comply with lean, clean and green manufacturing operations. The plant is expected to commence production in 2024 in a phased manner. As per current plans, the Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine will roll out first followed by the Battery Electric Components and Fuel Delivery System related products.

This investment will create an anchor enterprise to develop a robust supply ecosystem through value chain creation. The investment will also provide a great opportunity for the state’s skilled youth to work on new technologies and new processes and will help in creating direct employment opportunities for more than 300 youth, thus acting as an enabler for the social and economic development of the state.

Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine

The Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine has the potential to become the most practical solution toward achieving near zero-carbon emissions for medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers.

Hydrogen fuel cell

Pegged as the technology of the future, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell powertrain offers zero-emissions power solutions. For customers who aspire to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions, hydrogen fuel cells will be an apt solution when supplied with green H2 as fuel.

Battery-electric technology

Cummins Inc. has developed new-generation battery pack solutions based on deep duty cycle and application experience. The batteries will be equipped with an advanced Battery Management System (BMS) for monitoring various critical battery parameters and diagnostics and improving the battery life and performance. The TCPL GES plant will rely on Cummins’s global experience to manufacture battery electric components.

Fuel Delivery Systems

Providing hydrogen storage capabilities will enable us to accelerate the viability and adoption of hydrogen powered technologies in commercial markets. The plant will manufacture composite tank systems and tailor-make solutions for hydrogen storage applications.

Expressing his resolve to promote state development in a sustainable and inclusive manner, Shri Hemant Soren, Chief Minister, Jharkhand said,“India is making significant strides in its fight against climate change. The collaboration with TCPL GES is part of Jharkhand's commitment to achieve the country's net-zero target for 2070 and position itself as a hub for new technological developments. This is also an effort to upskill and empower our youth and provide them with an opportunity to contribute to a cutting-edge industry. The plant will help create employment opportunities and thus contribute to the state's social and economic development.”

Speaking on the occasion, Girish Wagh, Executive Director of Tata Motors said, “Since beginning operations in 1945 in Jamshedpur, Tata Motors has established a rich legacy of innovations and industry firsts in its endeavour towards nation building. Today marks another momentous occasion in our partnering with the people and government of Jharkhand for creating future ready sustainable mobility solutions. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility being set-up will produce hydrogen-based powertrains and battery electric vehicle aggregates and systems using next-gen technologies. These advanced solutions will shape the future of mobility in India by enabling customers to progressively transition to emission free, commercially viable cargo and mass mobility in the coming years.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Patil, CFO, Cummins Group in India said, “With over 30 years of first-hand manufacturing experience in Jamshedpur, we have an intimate understanding of heavy-duty applications and a clear view of the hard work required to transition the commercial vehicle industry to cleaner powertrains. We applaud the Government of Jharkhand for taking bold steps to lead India’s transition to an emission free nation. In line with our Destination Zero strategy, this MoU is a significant milestone on our path to zero emissions, and we are grateful to the Government of Jharkhand for giving us this opportunity to contribute toward lowering emissions today for a better tomorrow.”