Tata Motors has begun the supply of 40 electric buses to Lucknow City Transport Services Ltd. (LCTSL). The company will deliver 40 units of Ultra 9m AC electric buses in a phased manner, within the next four months. The first Ultra 9/9m AC electric bus was flagged off today in Lucknow by the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development, Suresh Kumar Khanna along with dignitaries from LCTSL and Tata Motors. The new bus will begin its journey from Alambagh depot. In addition, the home-grown automaker has also installed a charging station at the Alambagh depot for fast charging of buses.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rohit Srivastava, Product Line Head – Passenger Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “Tata Motors has always been at the forefront of the E-mobility evolution and this order is a testament of our best-in-class solution tailored for the bus segment in India. The order is part of the 255 e-buses to be supplied to six STUs in the country, of which LCTSL is one. Our in-depth understanding of sustainable public transport for different markets and customers is what differentiates us from our competitors. We are determined to develop alternate fuel technologies and create more energy efficient vehicles supporting government’s efforts for promoting electric vehicles in the country.”
Being manufactured at Tata Motors and Tata Marcopolo Dharwad plants, the Ultra Electric buses will have a traveling range of up to 150 kilometers on a single charge. Li-ion batteries have been placed on the rooftop to prevent breakdown due to waterlogging. The Ultra Electric buses are air-conditioned, have modern interiors and comfortable seats for 31 passengers. As an industry first, there will be air suspension for both front and rear axles. Integrated electric motor generator with a peak power of 333HP will develop 197HP while ensuring that frequent start stops need no shifting of gears. The critical electrical traction components have been sourced from internationally known best-in-class suppliers in USA, 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. 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.