Tata Motors has bagged an order of 25 hybrid buses from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). These buses will run between Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Sion, Bandra and Kurla. These hybrid buses will not require external charging as the energy will be derived from Lithium Ion Nano-Phosphate batteries charged by the engine.
Additionally, the Tata Starbus diesel series hybrid electric bus will also come equipped with regenerative braking which will help charge the on-board batteries. 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.", says Tata Motors in a statement.
Commenting on the occasion, 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 with 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."
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."