Tata Motors to Supply 80 Electric buses to West Bengal Transport Corporation, India
Reaffixing its commitment towards E-Mobility in the country, India’s leading bus brand TATA Motors announces the supply of 80 electrical buses to the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) at an event held. The company has already supplied 20 Ultra Electric 9/9m ac e-buses scheduled to be delivered by March 31st 2019. The company will also be supplying 40 9/12mm AC E-buses to WBTC in a phased manner. Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, flagged off the buses with dignitaries from WBTC and TATA Motors. The new buses will begin their inaugural journey from Nabanna, Howrah.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rohit Srivastava, Product Line Head – Passenger commercial vehicles, Tata Motors said “With growing environment concerns electric bus is definitely a symbol of future mobility TATA Motors has always been at the forefront of the E-Mobility evolution and this order is a testament of our best in-class solution tailored for the bus segment. Our in-depth understanding of sustainable public transport for different markets and customers is what differentiates us from our competitors. We are determined to develop alternate fuel technologies and create more energy efficient vehicles thereby supporting the government’s effort towards promoting electric vehicles in the country”
Manufactured at Tata Motors Dharwad plant, the Ultra Electric buses will have travelling range of up to 150 km on a single charge. The indigenously developed e-buses offer superior design and best in class features. The Li-on batteries have been placed on the rooftop to prevent breakdown due to waterlogging. The batteries are liquid cooled to maintain the temperature within an optimum range and ensure longer life along with better performance in tropical conditions.
Dr. A.K Jundal, Head Engineering (Electric and Defense), CVBU, Tata Motors said “Tata Motors has been engaging in advanced engineering and development of electric traction system for Hybrid as well as Pure Electric vehicles for over decade. The Ultra Electric Bus is a new modular platform which has been developed in a very short lead time of less than a year, leveraging the knowledge and experience we have gained and demonstrating our commitment to the Government of India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan for Public Transport. The architecture of the platform has been conceived and developed by in-house engineering team of Tata Motors, meeting the requirement of various tenders floated by different state transport undertakings. The exterior has been designed with new brand identity that includes stylized Ultra headlamps and streamlined looks. The vehicle architecture ensures very low energy consumption and low TCO (total cost of operation) apart from being a Zero Emission environment friendly bus”.
The new age Ultra Electrical buses, powered by an Integrated Electrical Motor Generator are built on existing proven platforms of Star bus and Ultra. With a max power of 245KW and continuous power of 145 KW, the buses have a seating capacity of 31 + 1D seats. The buses will help in zero tailpipe emissions, 50% lower fuel costs, 20% better energy consumption and lower maintenance downtime as compared to diesel buses. The Ultra Electric buses are air- conditioned, have modern interiors and comfortable seats for 31 passengers. As an industry first, there will be air suspension for both front and rear axles to make travel more comfortable for the commuters. Integrated electric motor generator with a peak power of 333HP can deliver 197HP continuously ensuring effortless driving in congested roads and frequent start stops needing no shifting of gears.
The critical electrical traction components have been sourced from internationally known best-in-class suppliers in USA, Germany and China offering proven products. The company is also working on developing its electric mini nus segment in near future