Tata Motors has signed a
contract to supply 25 Tata Starbus Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus with Full
Low floor configuration, with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development
Authority (MMRDA) – the single largest order awarded for Hybrid Electric
vehicle technology. With these buses, the MMRDA will connect Bandra Kurla
Complex (BKC) to the railways stations of Sion, Bandra and Kurla in the next
one year, improving feeder services, to the fastest-growing business hub in
Developed indigenously, the
Tata Starbus Full Low Floor Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus is economically
viable, safe and environmentally friendly. Series Hybrid technology offers
lowest cost of ownership, with improved fuel savings of the order of 25-30 per
cent, reduction in emissions in comparison to conventional buses & runs on
pure electric mode, for around 30-35pc of the total travel distance.
Uniquely engineered for ease
of operations, the Tata Starbus Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus, can run
without the requirement of external charging infrastructures, due to
integration of on- board charging, via a BSIV compliant engine & energy
storage through advanced Lithium Ion Nano-Phosphate Batteries. While the
batteries are re-charged by running of the Diesel powertrain, the system also
regenerates braking energy through advanced electronic braking system. The technology thus makes
adoption of such advanced buses hassle-free, without investing in high cost of
charging stations at bus depots or enroute, thereby giving operators the much
needed range and flexibility to shift bus routes as per demand and need.
The Tata Starbus Diesel Series
Hybrid Electric Bus, is also fitted with CCT cameras that can record movement
inside the bus. The bus is also designed with a wide passage-way for free
movement, wider window panes for better visibility, along with wider and lower
entry/exit doors, making this new bus safe and convenient for commuters to
enjoy public transportation.
The bus also incorporates ITS
(Intelligence Transport Systems) for public information, through GPS via
electronic destination display boards, indicating expected time of arrival at
bus stops and route announcements within the bus etc. Further, bucket type
seats, softer suspension, tubeless tyres and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration &
Harshness) ensures that passengers are comfortable.
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.”
Dr. AK Jindal, Head –
Engineering Research Centre (Commercial Vehicles), Tata Motors Ltd. said, “The
Starbus Diesel Electric Hybrid Bus is one of the most advanced vehicle
developed by Tata Motors in line with our philosophy of offering most fuel
efficient and environment friendly vehicles, with various features, offering
best-in-class comfort and convenient features for urban commuters. The vehicle
is based on the company’s understanding the needs of various transport
authorities for public transport and is tested
under various conditions, around the globe. A new transport solution,
the Starbus Hybrid, is developed, creating a win-win situation for all
stakeholders – for clean, safe, affordable and comfortable commuting.”
A fleet of 10 Tata Hybrid
buses are already in operation in city of Madrid, Spain and together have
covered more than 1 million km.
During the 2010 Commonwealth
Games, Tata Motors introduced CNG-Electric Hybrid Buses, as a result of Tata
Motors’ advances in alternate fuel technologies, including hybrid electric vehicles. This was the first time in
the history of the Indian automobile industry, that hybrid buses were used for
Tata Motors has also developed
Full-Electric and Articulated buses to meet the future transport needs for
envisaged ‘Smart Cities’.
The Tata Starbus Diesel series
Hybrid Electric bus, offers solutions based on Tata Motors extensive design and
technological expertise in the bus business. In line with Tata Motors current
design language, the Tata Starbus Hybrid Electric bus impresses, with a robust
design, making the bus appear more upright and self-assured, for a more
imposing presence, with integrated head and tail lamps and LED indicator lamp.
Designed to be more visually appealing, the bus features a sharp outline that
lends to a concentrated, yet energetic and contemporary styling, with a
signature single-deck design, comprising of two rigid sections linked by a
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Series hybrid technology along
with Electronic Braking System & Electronically Controlled Full Air
Suspension provides excellent ride quality, while an energy-efficient HVAC
system, enhancing comfort of the Tata Starbus Hybrid. With good starting
acceleration and a maximum speed of 70 kms per hour, the Hybrid Starbus is an
innovative solution for a more efficient, greener and comfortable intra-city
in-swing and out-swing flat doors and a low floor height at 400mm, with a full
electronic suspension system and automatic level control, allows the bus to
kneel at 340 mm, offering convenience for commuters for easy boarding and exit,
including senior citizens, as well for those who are differently abled.
Large 31+1 cushioned seats and
a full low floor across the passenger area, with Wi-Fi on board, USB charging
ports, an automatic fare collection system, makes the bus truly
The Starbus Diesel Electric
Hybrid Bus is the future of rapid urban mass transportation system. The vehicle
also complies with all UBS-II (Urban Bus Specifications), AIS 052 (Automotive
Industry Standards) and CMVR (Central Motor Vehicle Rules).
Source; Tata Motors
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