Indian commercial vehicle giant Tata Motors recently delivered 26 electric buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), which operates the public transport system in Mumbai. The buses are part of a larger order of 340 electric buses, which will be delivered in phases.
The 25-seater Tata Ultra Urban 9/9 electric buses were delivered at an event at Nariman Point, Mumbai. Tata Motors will also build and operate the charging infrastructure for the e-buses at four Mumbai depots.
Several subsidiaries of the huge Tata conglomerate will be involved in the Mumbai bus project. Tata Power will take charge of upstream and downstream electrical facilities, and will be responsible for the bus charging facilities. Tata Auto Components will design and supply components to Tata Motors, which developed the electric buses.
Each of the Tata Ultra Urban e-buses is equipped with a full range of modern features, including an automated ramp for disabled passengers, ergonomic seats, charging ports and a WiFi hotspot. Each features Tata’s Intelligent Transport telematics system.
Tata Motors has tested and validated the buses across several Indian states, including Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Assam and Maharashtra, in order to demontrate performance in diverse terrains. To date, the company has supplied some 215 electric buses in 5 cities across India.
“Tata Motors’ global standards of manufacturing processes and vehicle development centres have helped in innovating and leading the electric mobility solutions from the front,” said Girish Wagh, President of Tata’s Commercial Vehicle Business Unit. “We will continue to play a proactive role in the government’s electrification drive.”
Source: Autocar Professional