Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Tata Motors on Monday commenced the trials of its nine meters electric bus in Guwahati. The company also claims that Tata Motors is the first company in India to get ARAI and homologation certification for their 9m and 12m electric buses. These electric buses manufactured by Tata Motors have a seating capacity of 26-34 passengers and comes with 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, the company said in a media statement.
The company has already conducted the trial of the nine meter electric bus earlier this year from Parwanoo to Shimla in which the electric bus covered a distance 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.
Dr. 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 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 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”
Not just in commercial vehicles, Tata Motors recently won a tender floated by state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to procure 10,000 electri cars. Tata Motors will supply 70% of the cars to the government in the form of electric Tata Tigor. Tata Motors won the government contract worth Rs 1,120 crore on September 30th 2017.
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, starting from CNG, LNG, Bio CNG, Bio Diesel to Fuel Cell. 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.
Tata Motors claims that 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.
The company has launched the 9 meter and 12 meter Starbus electric bus, along with a range of last mile passenger small commercial vehicle like IRIS and Magic, the 18m articulated bus for Mass Rapid Transportation, all designed, developed, to meet the current and future passenger transportation needs of Smart Cities. The company has also showcased a futuristic 12m Hydrogen Fuel-Cell low floor bus.
Other bus manufacturers like Ashok Leyland have also launched electric Circuit series of buses last year.