In a bid to impart
safety in its vehicles and to offer products in line with national sustainable goals,
Pune-based automotive manufacturer, Force Motors, recently displayed three grounds-up
new platforms- fully electric Traveller platform, shared mobility platform T1N
and modular utility vehicle platform of TRAX- at the Auto Expo 2020 held in
In addition to these
products, the company displayed the range of engines that are produced in their
Chennai and Pune facilities for the leading global automakers like Mercedes,
BMW and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
The company unveiled its
next generation shared mobility platform a fortnight back at Pune. Code named
the T1N, this new platform has been simultaneously designed and developed for
both Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and 100 per cent electric drive. Both
the diesel and the 100 per cent electric variant comprised of the display.
The T1N is the first
vehicle in this category in the country offering crash compliance with air bags
for driver and co-driver. With a score of segment first features the T1N will
help reinforce the leadership position of the automaker in the large van
The T1N platform has
been developed with global aspirations. It is design protected for plying in
select markets of Middle East, Africa, ASEAN and South America where the T1N is
expected to be an excellent value proposition vis-a-vis high premium products
from Europe, Far East and USA.
Also, on display are
two buses built on the next generation modular monocoque bus platform which has
been fully developed in house by their R&D team. The Monocoque buses are
the lightest and yet structurally stronger than comparable buses offering superior
fuel economy. On account of the monocoque construction and CED full body
immersion process for primer application these buses offer best in class durability.
A 51-seater, first-of-its-kind, and the school bus variant of the 33-seater
Traveller Monobus range are on display.
The people mover in the
hinterland, TRAX, received a total makeover. Three variants on this grounds-up
next generation modular utility vehicle platform were unveiled at the show—CRUISER,
KARGOKING and GURKHA.
All the above variants are modular in nature with multiple wheel base options
and body configurations. This new platform comes with an all new chassis,
suspension, body and interiors. This platform has been developed keeping in
mind all aspects of convenience, safety (crash compliance), ergonomics,
drivability and passenger environment.
Also, on display is the
Traveller Smartcitibus operated by Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport
(BEST) that is bringing about a paradigm shift in the way commuters in Mumbai
cover the last mile. These air-conditioned buses with comfortable seating for
21 persons are being preferred by the commuters over the shared autos, shared
taxis, and traditional large buses to move from their residence to the metro
station and place of work.
Force next-gen shared mobility platforms aims to transform
commuting in urban India in the near future. Many other cities like Shillong,
Nagpur, Pune and Port Blair are already using Traveller Smart Citi Buses.
Force Motors R&D
team has also developed in house a 100 per cent electric variant of the
flagship brand Traveller. These buses are specially designed for last mile
inner city connectivity with overnight charging.
Force Motors is the
only company in the world producing engines ranging from 150hp to 1050hp for
premium brands like the Mercedes, BMW and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. These
engines were also showcased by Force Motors.
Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors said, “The customer
expectations and aspirations are rapidly changing, we have tried to develop in
house grounds up next generation platforms in all the segments that we operate
in. We are confident that both domestic and international customers will
welcome our new offerings.”