Tata Motors electric bus commences pilot-runs in Guwahati
16 Oct 2017  


Guwahati/ Kolkata, Oct 16 (IBNS): Tata Motors on Monday commenced trials of
its 9 meters electric bus in Guwahati.

With a seating capacity of 26-34 passengers, the full-auto transmission Tata
Ultra ELECTRIC 9m bus was flagged off by Anand Prakash Tiwari, Managing
Director, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC).

ASTC in collaboration with Tata Motors will do this trial for seven days and
will offer free transport service to the participants of FIFA team and
devotees from Plantan Bazar to Maa Kamakhya Temple.

This trial is in continuation to the successful trial of the 9 meters
electric bus from Parwanoo to Shimla a few months ago, where the bus
performed exceedingly well covering a distance of 160 kms in one full
charge. The trials in Chandigarh also showed very encouraging results in a
running of 143 kms, covering approximately 70% of the charge.

These trials are a part of the Ministry of Road Transport’s agenda for the
electrification of public transport, for which Tata Motors is getting ready
with its range of electric vehicles, from 9 meters and 12 meters with
various seating configurations, as well as its last mile passenger transport
vehicle, the Tata Magic Iris.

AK Jindal, Head, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors said, “With
increasing focus of automotive industry and government towards
electrification of automobiles, Tata Motors has been continuously pushing
the boundaries in the electric mobility space and is the first company in
country to get ARAI and homologation certification for their 9 meter and 12
meter electric bus. These buses qualify for the subsidy under revised FAME
scheme which will give a big boost to the electrification of public

"We have conducted trials all across the country to understand the local
city requirements and fine-tune to bus specifications to offer most
economical mobility solution and we have been receiving positive response to
our trails. Such pilot runs in various pockets of the country stand
testimony to our commitment of providing electrification solutions in India.
Tata Motors is also working with various study groups formed by the central
government to work out various business models for operating electric
vehicles and to optimize the overall economics of these buses, for a truly
MAKE IN INDIA solution,” said he.

Tata Motors has been at the forefront of hybridization and electrification
of passenger transportation and has developed technologies of Hybrid and
Electric vehicles. With regard to alternative fuel technology, Tata Motors
offers a range of vehicles ...

The Electric vehicle developed on proven bus platforms provides excellent
driveability and restart gradeability along with regenerative braking which
recovers between 25 to 35% of the brake energy. The electric buses are
equipped with a highly efficient drive train and weight optimized battery,
coupled with Tata Motors proprietary energy management system and vehicle
control strategy for a low Total Cost of Ownership. 

EV battery pack is optimized for providing no compromise on the passenger
capacity proving the best efficiency in Kwhr/km. The EV battery is liquid
cooled and specially designed for Indian temperature condition thus
providing a higher battery life along with highly efficient performance. The
roof mounted battery provides safety from water logging of electrical
equipment. The range of the buses can be enhanced with smaller battery pack
to 200 to 240 km with opportunity charging. The Electric Bus is also loaded
with all modern features such as Multiplex wiring system, automatic
ticketing / Smart Card enabled system, ITS enabled and Reverse camera assist
etc. which can be fitted on customer request.
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