Tata Motors has announced that it will supply 80 electric buses to the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). The company said it will supply 40 units of 9-metre Ultra Electric AC E-buses and 40 units of 12-metre e-buses. In fact, Tata Motors has already delivered 20 units of 9-metre e-buses. The company added that the remaining 20 9-metre electric buses will be delivered by March 31, while the 12-metre e-buses will be delivered in a phased manner.
The first lot was flagged off by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at its inaugural journey from Nabanna, Howrah. The company said the latest order is part of the 255 e-buses supplied to six STUs in the country, of which WBTC is one.
Manufactured at Tata Motors Dharwad plant, the Ultra Electric buses will have a traveling range of up to 150 kilometres on a single charge. Further, the company has installed charging stations at Nonapukur, Kasba, Newtown and Belghoria. Intermediate charging terminals powered with fast charging are mounted at Howrah and Santragachi.
The company said 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, Tata Motors noted.
The Ultra electric buses, powered by an Integrated Electric Motor Generator, built on existing proven platforms of Starbus and Ultra. With a max power of 245KW and continuous power of 145KW, these buses have a seating capacity of 31 people and a driver. The buses will help in zero tailpipe emissions, 50 % lower fuel costs, 20 % better energy consumption and lower maintenance downtime as compared to diesel buses. The Ultra Electric buses are air-conditioned, have modern interiors and comfortable seats for 31 passengers.
These buses have industry-first air suspension for both front and rear axles to make travel more comfortable for commuters. Integrated electric motor generator with a peak power of 333hp can deliver 197hp continuously ensuring effortless driving in congested roads and frequent start stops needing no shifting of gears.
Speaking on the occasion, Rohit Srivastava, Product Line Head – Passenger Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said given the growing environmental concerns, the electric bus is definitely a symbol of future mobility. Tata Motors has always been at the forefront of the e-mobility evolution and the latest order is a testament of its best-in-class solution tailored for the bus segment in India, he added.
Narayan Swaroop Nigam, Managing Director, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), said the government is committed to transform Kolkata as one of the smartest cities in the world. The state-of-the-art Ultra 9m AC Electric buses by Tata Motors are a big step towards achieving better public transport, with a clear emphasis on providing sustainable, affordable and safe mobility solutions for the masses, he noted.