Tata Motors has commenced trials of its 9 meters electric bus in Chandigarh. With a capacity to seat 31 passengers, the Tata Ultra ELECTRIC 9m bus will run for 15 days.
The trial run of the electric bus is jointly carried out with Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and the State Transport Department. The Chandigarh administration has started the process to introduce electric buses under its Smart City plan.
This is in continuation to the successful trial of the 9 meters electric bus trial from Parwanoo to Shimla a few weeks ago, where the bus performed exceedingly well covering a distance of 160kms in one full charge.
The Chandigarh trial run results are also encouraging with the bus covering 143km in approximately 70 percent of charge. The trials are part of the Ministry of Road Transport’s agenda for the electrification of public transport.
Head of Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors, AK Jindal said, “These trials are part of Tata Motors larger strategy to be present with its electric vehicle offerings, with best-in-class value proposition, helping the company better understand its customer requirements under different operating conditions, to suitably optimise its offerings.”
Tata Motors has been at the forefront of Hybridization and electrification of passenger transportation and has developed technologies of Hybrid and Electrification. The automaker recently launched a range of transport vehicles in India.
Several automakers around the world are developing electric cars and commercial vehicles. India is also testing electric buses, and Tata Motors is offering electric and hybrid buses. Currently, all the products are in testing phase.