Tata Motors flagged off 123 new AC buses in Ahmedabad, equipped with Automatic Transmission. These buses are in addition to the order bagged by Tata Motors for 3200 buses under the JnNURM - phase II scheme.
The automatic transmission buses will also help save on fuel costs, due to efficiencies derived from constant engagement of both engine and transmission.
Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors said, "With state-of-the-art capabilities in developing and integrating intelligent world-class electronic vehicular systems, we at Tata Motors work closely with all stakeholders in successfully deploying these technologies across a broad spectrum of commercial vehicles, enabling connectivity, safety, better fuel economy, along with optimal vehicle performance."
"These air conditioned buses with Automatic Transmission are most suitable for BRTS operations and have been developed for the first time for Janmarg. Automatic transmission in buses will reduce driver fatigue, improve acceleration, manoeuvrability and overall passenger comfort and experience, and more revenue earnings per bus. With this order we are proud to partner Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd., in efficiently and safely running their bus services, with a high degree of reliability and availability."
With a floor height of 900mm and a length of 12 meters, these buses are fit with electronic display boards and pneumatic door operations, for comfortable commute in an urban transport set-up.
A wider passage-way for free movement, large window panes for better visibility, along with lower entry/exit doors, makes these new buses safe and convenient for commuters, also providing easy access for differently-abled and elderly passengers.
The buses are built by Tata Marcopolo and are being operated by private operators.
Tata Motors is one of the country's largest bus manufacturer with the most complete range of transit vehicles that meet every need, arising from day-to-day travel.
Tata Motors has also developed a wide variety of buses and coaches that cater to the entire gamut of public transport solutions, from luxurious inter-city travel options to safe transport choices for school going children.
Tata Motors has also developed Electric Hybrid buses and Articulated buses to meet the future transport needs for the envisaged ‘Smart Cities'.