With the passenger segment and two-wheelers embracing electric technology, keeping with the government’s probe to adopt electric mobility by 2030, Tata Motors’ commercial arm is also preparing to be a part of the transformation. While Tata Motors launched its first fully electric buses (STARBUS ELECTRIC 9m and 12m) and hybrid buses (STARBUS HYBRID 12m buses) in January last year, it also previewed country’s first Fuel Cell bus (12m), LNG Powered Bus (12m) and 18m Articulated Bus.
Moreover, the company has been testing its e-mobility products in various parts of the country to get feedback on the feasibility of the electric vehicles. It also commenced a successful trial of its electric buses in Guwahati, Assam in October 2017. The Ultra ELECTRIC 9 m bus with a total seating capacity of 26-34 passengers, a full-auto gearbox offered free transport service for seven days to the participants of the FIFA team ad devotees Plantan Bazar to Maa Kamakhya Temple.
Tata Motors collaborated with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research), Govt. of India, to develop the country’s first ‘ZERO EMISSION’ Hydrogen Powered STARBUS FUEL CELL bus, for intra-city commute. The STARBUS FUEL CELL combining hydrogen gas and oxygen, to produce electricity to power the electric motor, with water and heat as a byproduct, for Zero tailpipe emission.
Tata Motors, partner to several State Transport Unions (STUs) and a leading supplier to Bus Rapid Transportation System (BRTS) operators, ventured into E-Mobility in 2005. It successfully tested CNG Hybrid Electric technology at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, presenting the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) with four STARBUS CNG-Electric Hybrid Low-floor buses, which were deployed on a trial basis in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Surat.
In 2016, Tata Motors signed a contract for the single largest order for Hybrid Electric vehicle technology, with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), to supply 25 nos. of the STARBUS DIESEL SERIES HYBRID ELECTRIC BUS, with Full Low floor configuration. Fifteen of these buses, delivered to MMRDA, will soon connect Sion, Bandra & Kurla to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), improving feeder service, to the fastest-growing business hub in Mumbai.