Tata Motors Ltd launched 9m and 12 m versions of its Starbus Electric bus, as well as the Starbus Hybrid 12m bus, reiterating its commitment towards smart and green technology, and mobility solutions. The company also displayed a range of smart buses designed, developed and powered by alternate fuels, to meet the current and future passenger transportation needs of Smart Cities. It showcased the country’s first fuel cell and LNG buses, among others.
Tata has also announced that it has received an order for 25 hybrid buses from MMRDA Mumbai. The delivery of these buses is set to begin in the first quarter of FY17-18. Additionally, the company also showcased its last mile electric vehicles Super ACE E.V, Magic IRIS E.V and Magic E.V.
Tata Motors currently designs, develops and manufacturers its buses in Pune, Dharwad, Pantnagar and Lucknow. The company has a partnership with ACGL of Goa for bus bodies, as well as a joint venture with Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil for fully built bus solutions. The company’s approach of manufacturing fully-built vehicles meets the government’s new norms in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, wider bus gangways, with the flexibility to be powered by both CNG and Diesel.
Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said the company is delighted to launch its new hybrid and electric buses. With the new range of future ready buses, Tata will continue to play an active role in mass public transportation, with commitment to striking a balance between sustainable growth and profitability, he added.