Mumbai, Sep 16, 2019
Force Motors, a renowned for engineering excellence across the globe, has
handed over Force Traveller Smart Citibus recently to the Brihanmumbai
Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) fleet to bring about a paradigm
shift in the last mile connectivity for Mumbai commuters from metro and local
The first lot of five Citibuses which is a part of
500 such Smart Citibuses planned by BEST, were flagged off and dedicated to the
Mumbai commuters at a grand ceremony in the presence of local dignitaries and BEST
The new bus will be fully air-conditioned, 21
seater (+7 standees), is a hi-tech solution for public city bus operations. The
large, normal, single or double decker buses are plagued by low occupancy
ratios and hence unprofitable to operate on feeder routes.
The Force Traveller has over the last three decades
established itself as the market leader in the 9 to 25 seater van and minibus
category. It is today countrywide, the preferred platform for school bus, staff
bus, ambulances and tour/travel applications.
The major differentiating unique features of the
Traveller which contribute to its remarkable success are that it is a proven
monocoque panel van and it is powered by the proven Mercedes derived powertrain
that offers most reliable performance besides best in class fuel economy.
Traveller, on account of the monocoque
construction, which is similar to an aircraft or a modern passenger car, (there
is no separate heavy inefficient chassis), offers superior structural strength,
ride quality, low noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH) and unmatched
durability. The Traveller made entirely of pressed steel panels fused together
in an automated and robotic environment, is almost a tonne lighter than
comparable capacity vehicles hence offers best in class power to weight ratio
and fuel efficiency.
Traveller is also the only vehicle in this category
that undergoes the 6th generation cathodic electrophoretic dip
(CED) process of primer application and robotic topcoat application. In the CED
process, the full body is immersed in a tank of primer ensuring best in class
rust protection and highest level of corrosion resistance. The robotic top coat
application and high temperature stoving ensures top class surface finish,
gloss and hardness retention for years.
In addition, the Traveller with its low turning
radius is ideal for movement in the narrow and congested routes.