Tata Motors Ltd (TML) has commenced supplying 40 units of the Ultra 9m AC electric buses to the Lucknow City Transport Services Ltd (LCTSL) in a phased manner. The first Ultra 9/9m AC electric bus was recently flagged off and rest will be delivered within the next four months.
Ultra Electric Bus is a new modular platform that will be manufactured Tata Motors and Tata Marcopolo Dharwad plants and will have a traveling range of up to 150 kilometers on a single charge. The indigenously developed vehicle will have lithium-ion batteries have been placed on the rooftop to prevent breakdown due to waterlogging. The batteries are liquid cooled to maintain the temperature within an optimum range and ensure longer life along with better performance in tropical conditions. The company has installed a charging station at the Alambagh depot for fast charging of buses.
According to Dr. A.K. Jindal, Head Engineering (Electric & Defence), CVBU, Tata Motors, the architecture of the bus platform has been conceived and developed by in-house engineering team of TML to ensure low energy consumption and low TCO (total cost of operation) apart from being a zero emission bus.
Integrated electric motor generator with a peak power of 333 hp can deliver 197 hp continuously ensuring effortless driving in congested roads and frequent start stops needing no shifting of gears. The critical electrical traction components have been sourced from suppliers in US, Germany and China offering proven products. The buses have been tested and validated by Tata Motors across states including Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Assam and Maharashtra to establish performance in diverse terrains. Ultra Electric buses are air-conditioned for 31 passengers and gets air suspension for both front and rear axles to make travel more comfortable.
Rohit Srivastava, Product Line Head – Passenger Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said TML is determined to develop alternate fuel technologies and create more energy efficient vehicles supporting government’s efforts for promoting electric vehicles in the country.
The company has tenders to supply 255 electric buses to six public transport undertakings including WBTC (West Bengal), LCTSL (Lucknow), AICTSL (Indore), ASTC (Guwahati), J&KSRTC (Jammu) and JCTSL (Jaipur). In addition to this, the company is also working on developing its electric mini-bus segment in the near future.