Tata Motors has bagged an order to supply 25 low floor diesel elctric hybrid buses to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The MMRDA plans to use the buses to connect the fastest-growing business hub in Mumbai, the Bandra Kurla Complex to the railway stations of Sion, Bandra and Kurla in the next one year.
The indigenously developed Tata Starbus Full Low Floor Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus does not need to be plugged into a power socket to recharge its Lithium Ion Nano-Phosphate Batteries. Instead the bus can use the diesel engine as well as regenerative braking to bring the power packs back to full charge. The drivetrain can push the bus to a top speed of 70km/h.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd. said, "At Tata Motors we continue to play an active role in supporting millions of commuters every day, with a range of product solutions across segments and the Tata Starbus Hybrid Electric Bus is one of them."
"With this indigenously developed city bus, we are extremely pleased to partner MMRDA for 25 such buses, for a shared vision of sustainable cost-efficient transport solutions. With electric mobility as a solution for the future, we are fully geared to cater to the huge potential arising for these technologies, right here in India."
The Hybrid electric bus can seat 32 people and with its low floor is more easily accessible for everyone. It also offers Wi-Fi on board, USB charging ports, and an automatic fare collection system.