Tata Motors delivers 35 of 340 electric buses to Mumbai
Strong points :
- The total order of 340 e-buses includes 200 units of the 9-meter 25-seater model and 140 units of the 12-meter 35-seater model
- Electric buses are purchased by BEST as part of the FAME II initiative.
Tata Motors delivered 35 state-of-the-art Starbus electric buses (e-buses) as part of a larger order for 340 electric buses from Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). BEST is a public civic transport and electricity supplier body based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Tata Motors is committed to building, deploying, maintaining and operating the complete charging infrastructure as well as the buses. The company will deliver the remainder of the order on a gradual basis, according to schedule. BEST bus purchasing was activated as part of the Indian government’s FAME II initiative, and delivery is part of BEST’s very first Gross Cost Contract (GCC).
The 12-meter-long, 35-seat Tata Starbus AC electric buses are equipped with advanced features for driver and passenger comfort, such as: a ‘lift mechanism’ that extends an automated ramp for easier entry and exit passengers with reduced mobility. , as well as ergonomic seats, roomy interiors, utility equipment such as charging ports and wide entry and exit passages.
Fully electric buses are equipped with an intelligent transport system (ITS), telematics system, regenerative braking system, among other features. The buses have been tested and validated by Tata Motors on various terrains and conditions and are designed to offer a high level of performance.
Speaking of deliveries, BEST Undertaking General Manager Mr. Lokesh Chandra said, “We are delighted to take delivery of 35 Starbus AC electric buses from Tata Motors. BEST’s vision to introduce more and more electric buses will go a long way in reducing tailpipe emissions and benefit millions of Mumbaikars. BEST remains committed to the government’s emphasis on the electrification of the fleet.
Tata Motors claims to be the leading provider of transportation and mobility solutions in the country, including electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG and hydrogen fuel cell technology. The company has received an order for 15 hydrogen fuel cell buses from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. It has supplied 525 electric buses in several states, which have accumulated more than 15 million kilometers.
“We are delighted to deliver the Tata Starbus electric buses to BEST, as part of a larger contract. The delivery of these buses will further strengthen our partnership with BEST and contribute to environmentally friendly mass mobility for the city of Mumbai. The buses are equipped with modern features that will allow ease of use and provide comfort and convenience with spacious interiors and ergonomic seats, said Mr. Rohit Srivastava, Vice President, Product Line – Bus, Tata Motors.
These 35 electric buses were reported by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, as well as dignitaries from the state government of Maharashtra, BEST, and Tata Motors, at an event in Mahim, Mumbai.