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Tata Motors announces launch of Hybrid and Electric busses

Tata Motors announces launch of Hybrid and Electric busses
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Wednesday 25 January 2017, 18:31 PM

Reiterating the company’s commitment towards smart and green technology and mobility solutions, Tata Motors has announced the launch of three new ecofriendly buses – Starbus Electric 9m and 12m, and Starbus Hybrid 12m. Along with partnership with ACGL of Goa for bus bodies, Tata Motors also has a joint venture with Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil, which is one of the largest bus body manufactures’ in the world, for fully built bus (FBV) solutions.

Speaking about the buses at the launch, Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We are delighted to launch our new hybrid and electric buses today. At Tata Motors, our aim is to not only comply with emerging regulations of clean and green emission but also be ahead of the requirements. We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership. With our new range of Future ready buses, we will continue to play an active role in mass public transportation, with a commitment towards striking the right balance between sustainable growth and profitability. We will work closely with government and regulatory authorities to intensify its efforts at tackling pollution, focusing on building alternative transport fuels and infrastructure, for smart cities of tomorrow.”  

The Starbus hybrid electric bus uses diesel and electric in series hybrid mode, to propel the vehicle that complies with all UBS-II (Urban Bus Specifications), AIS 051 (Automotive Industry Standards) and CMVR (Central Motor Vehicle Rules). The bus is based on a modular chassis, with electronically controlled air suspension systems (ECAS) at the front & rear, electronically controlled braking systems and an automatic transmission. It also uses the new generation lithium ion phosphate batteries (Prismatic Cell) and can run without external charging infrastructures, due to integration of on-board charging, with energy storage. While the batteries are re-charged by running of the Diesel powertrain, the system also regenerates braking energy through advanced electronic braking system.

The Ultra electric bus is available in two variants - 9m and 12m with Semi-Low Floor (SLF) of 650mm. Built on the Ultra platform, the vehicle focusses on the convenience of the urban commuter. These busses have CCTV cameras, wide passage-way for free movement, wider window panes for better visibility and Semi-low floor (SLF) of 650mm for convenient and safe transportation. The company also showcased the Articulated bus designed to carry more passengers (120 versus 50-80), owing to its body design. This can in turn scale up pphpd (passengers per hour per direction) without increased investments in infrastructure. Tata motors additionally showcased the country’s first LNG bus which will come as an alternative to diesel and CNG powered busses.   

 

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