As a run-up to the 8th
'Busworld India' Exhibition to be held from August 29 to 31, 2018 at Bangalore,
a road show was organised at New Delhi recently. Busworld, Interads Exhibitions
and Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) organised this road show to
showcase the potential, networking opportunity and exposure to the latest
technology and services, the 8th edition of Busworld India would bring to the
Bus and Coach sector in India.
The event was powered by
Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), BOCI and supported by
Indian Tourist Transporters Association (ITTA) and Delhi Contract Bus
Association (DCBA). Office bearers and members of All India Motor Transport
Congress (AIMTC) and All India Transport Welfare Association (AITWA) were also
present at the occasion. More than 500 members from these bodies also attended
Vijay Sampla, Minister of
Social Justice & Empowerment, Delhi was the chief guest at the event. Satyender
Jain, Minister of Health, Delhi and Imran Hussain, Minister of Environment,
were guests of honour.
KT Rajashekhra, Chairman-BOCI,
Prasanna Patwardhan, President-BOCI, Kultaran Singh Aitwal, Chairman-AIMTC, SK
Mittal, President-AIMTC, Kishan Yadav, President-ITTA, S Jasbir Singh, Vice
President-DCBA, Sandeep Kumar, Tata Motors, Rajan Sharma-Interads Exhibitions and
Pradeep Singhal, President- AITWA were some of the dignitaries who graced the
Sandeep Kumar, Head-Sales
& Marketing-CV Passenger, Tata Motors made a presentation about the various
commercial passenger vehicles from Tata Motors to the audience. Kumar said
"Tata Motors continues to remain committed to provide the best, safe,
comfortable, affordable and sustainable public transport across India and we
look forward to participating in the forthcoming Busworld India at Bengaluru in
Presentations were also made
by heads of BOCI and ITTA who also pointed out the problems being faced by this
sector due to issues like fitness of vehicles, speed governors, total lack of
parking space etc. The ministers from Delhi addressed the gathering and assured
the sector of all the cooperation and support in sorting out the various issues
faced by this sector within the power of the state government.
Leading commercial vehicles
manufacturer Ashok Leyland announced that the company has won an order from
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 300 Ashok
Leyland buses. The order is for double decker buses which will help in
decongesting the busy roads of Dhaka. This procurement is against a tender
under Indian Line of Credit. The delivery will take place within eight months
Vinod K. Dasari, Managing
Director, Ashok Leyland, said, "Bangladesh is one of our key export
markets and this order further strengthens our position. This order win in
Bangladesh is yet another testimony of our leadership in the country. Our
in-depth understanding of public transport and understanding of the market and
customers is what differentiates us and has helped us win this order.
“Exports has been a strong
focus for us to de-risk from cyclicality in Indian market and to globalize our
product portfolio. This is a significant win for us and builds on the strong
export growth we had last year”
BPW will be showcasing its new
electro-hydraulic auxiliary steering system Active Reverse Control at IAA
Commercial Vehicles 2018 in Hanover (Hall 26, Stand C31). This innovative system
supports the steering functionality of trailers and is light, cost-effective
and low-maintenance. This independent solution does not require approval, is
particularly easy to install and can also be retrofitted depending on the
Loading and unloading often
involves manoeuvring in tight spaces – in particular for vehicles such as
tankers that collect milk from farms or trucks that deliver drinks to
supermarkets. This takes a great deal of time and frequently results in damage
to the vehicle. Until now, mechanical self-steering axles could only be of
assistance when the vehicle was travelling forwards. The innovative auxiliary
steering system from the BPW Group now also provides steering functionality –
and therefore trailer manoeuvrability – during reverse manoeuvres. The vehicle
can therefore be manoeuvred quicker and automatically in reverse.
Collisions can also be avoided,
“Until now, this function could only be achieved with active steering and the
entire vehicle concept usually had to be adapted to this. Such solutions are
complex and expensive”’ explains Bernhard Rossenbach, head of product
management at BPW. “Vehicles with active steering systems are customised
solutions. We wanted to offer a product that complements our portfolio perfectly
and at the same time is easy for customers to install and to integrate in their
existing vehicle concept, “ added Rossenbach.
The new system from BPW
consists of a control unit, a hydraulic unit and a steering cylinder with an
integrated steering angle sensor. The steering cylinder is fitted locally on
the self-steering axle and is operated via the hydraulic unit with reservoir.
The steering operates fully automatically but can also be operated manually
with a remote control: as soon as the driver engages the reverse gear, the
steering system is activated via the reversing lights and the rotational speed
and rotational direction sensor. The control unit uses innovative sensor
technology that automatically detects the direction and angle of steering. The
auxiliary steering system is only activated during reverse travel. During
forwards travel, the system is passive and the steering is performed
mechanically via the self-steering action.
Source: IAA COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2018
At the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles, Dana Incorporated
and vehicle manufacturer Karsan announced the availability of the Karsan ATAK
electrified midibus featuring Dana’s TM4 SUMO MD electric motor and inverter.
Karsan, a manufacturer of light commercial vehicles,
shuttle buses, and city buses, is focused on providing contemporary product and
service solutions for mass transportation. The company has been developing
sustainable electric-driven vehicles since 2015 and introduced its first
prototype electric minibus, the Karsan JEST, in 2016.
bus is based on the Karsan ATAK eight-meter low-entry bus platform and is
equipped with a TM4 SUMO MD electric motor and inverter. The TM4 SUMO MD is
composed of a high-torque, permanent magnet variable reluctance (PMVR) direct
drive motor and automotive-grade power electronics. The new motors with the
PMVR technology for external rotors can deliver 45 percent more torque and
operating speed than previous motors in the same compact package, while
PMVR works by adding specially-designed soft magnetic
composites (SMCs) next to the magnets. SMCs are produced through a new forming
process and fabrication method by TM4. The SMCs also allows the use of simpler
and smaller magnets that are easier to manufacture and that uses less
rare-earth in the fabrication process to account for 25 percent savings in
This new bus platform is able to operate with a range of
up to 300 kilometers on a single charge. Dana is also a key contributor in the
development of the vehicle control software, through the supply of hardware and
services related to its TM4 NEURO 200 vehicle control unit platform and SynApps
Source: Dana / Karsan
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