Guwahati, October 17, 2017
Tata Motors, the first OEM in India to get ARAI and homologation certification for their nine-metre and 12-metre electric buses, has commenced trials of its nine meters electric bus in Guwahati. With a seating capacity of 26 to 34 passengers, the full-auto transmission Tata Ultra Electric 9m bus was flagged off by Anand Prakash Tiwari, MD, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC).
ASTC in collaboration with Tata Motors will conduct the trial- which is part of the Ministry of Road Transport’s agenda for electrification of public transport- for seven days and will offer free transport service to the participants of FIFA team and devotees from Plantan Bazar to Maa Kamakhya Temple.
Tata had a successful trial of the nine m electric bus from Parwanoo to Shimla a few months ago, where the bus performed exceedingly well, covering a distance of 160 kms in one-time full charge. The results from the trials in Chandigarh were encouraging. The buses used up approximately 70 per cent of the charge and ran for a distance of 143 kms.
“These buses qualify for the subsidy under revised FAME scheme which will give a big boost to the electrification of public transport. 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 trail,” said AK Jindal, Head of Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors.
Tata’s EVs posses regenerative braking which recovers between 25 to 35 per cent of the brake energy. The buses are equipped with an efficient drivetrain and weight optimised battery. The battery pack is optimised to avoid compromising on passenger capacity proving the best efficiency in Kwhr/km. The battery is liquid cooled and specially designed for the Indian climate ensuring higher battery life along with efficiency. It is also roof mounted, providing safety from water logging. The range of the buses can be enhanced with to 200 to 240 km with the help of a smaller battery pack.
The company has launched the nine meter and 12 meter Starbus Electric bus, along with a range of last mile passenger small commercial vehicle like Iris and Magic, the 18m bus for mass rapid transportation, all designed, developed, to meet the current and future passenger transportation needs of Smart Cities.