Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Neeraj Semwal, IAS, MD – Delhi Transport Corporation, said, “We are delighted to confirm the order of 1500 electric buses to Tata Motors. The induction of the environment-friendly buses will help largely in reducing air pollution and benefit millions of Delhi citizens. DTC remains committed to introducing new technologies for benefit of passengers and society, at large.”
Ms. Mahua Acharya, MD & CEO Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) said, “We are extremely happy that DTC has placed its largest order for electric buses under the Grand Challenge of CESL. The Delhi Government has shown exemplary leadership in transitioning over to electric buses. We are fortunate to have benefited from this and are thankful to Tata Motors in their generous collaboration.”
On the momentous occasion, Mr. Rohit Srivastava, Vice President, Product Line – Buses, Tata Motors, said, “We’re delighted to have won the largest order for electric buses by DTC. The delivery of these buses will further fortify our partnership with DTC and help in environment-friendly mass mobility for the city of Delhi. We are committed towards modernising public transportation in India and keep sustainability at the core in the designing of futuristic vehicles.”
Tata Motors has been at the forefront of bringing environment-friendly mobility to India. Its state-of-the-art research and development facilities have steadily worked to engineer innovative solutions powered by alternate fuel technology, including battery-electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Till date, Tata Motors has supplied more than 650 electric buses across multiple cities in India, which have cumulatively clocked more than 39 million kilometres.
Delhi needed this! 1500 electric buses will change the bus scene of the city. We are very happy to see our Indian company Tata win the deal over the likes of BYD-Olectra, Foton etc.
Recently Tata Motors also bagged an order of 1200 electric buses for Kolkatta. We are seeing multiple city municipalities order more electric buses, as this gives them political brownie points. But it has also become easier to go electric for these municipalities/bus transport associations, as there is no need for CAPEX investment to purchase these buses. Under the OPEX model, Bus manufacturers or third party operators will procure, operate, charge and maintain the vehicles at their own cost. The municipality and the operator share revenue. This has led to a clutch of cities opting to choose electric buses all over India. This is fantastic to see, as there is huge scope is reducing our oil imports and clean up the air in our cities.