Electric Vehicle News
Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, delivered 26 electric buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). This was the first Gross Cost Contract (GCC) electric bus service to BEST.
Tata Power will be taking care of installation and shall also be responsible for the complete bus charging facility. Tata Auto Components will sourcing and supply of components to Tata Motors under the initiative. The electric buses are indigenously developed by Tata Motors.
Girish Wagh, president, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said,
"The buses have been specially designed keeping the comfort and convenience of Mumbaikars, including a 'lift mechanism' for differently-abled travellers. Our global standards of manufacturing processes and vehicle development centers have helped in innovating and leading the electric mobility solutions from the front."
The Tata Electric Bus has utility provisions like charging ports, WiFi hotspot for on-the-go connectivity. The full-electric buses come with Intelligent Transport System (ITS), telematics system, regenerative braking system, amongst other features for efficient and smooth operations.
Tata Motors has supplied 215 electric buses in 5 cities across India. The electric buses have clocked more than 4 million km, which provides critical data and statistics for Tata Motors to improve their electric buses.
While many Indian cities are using buses procured from Chinese firms like BYD and Foton, its good to see BEST going with Made In India electric buses from Tata Motors.
Under the gross cost capital (GCC) model, Tata Motors will be responsible for providing the buses as well as the infrastructure needed to run them, including charging points, maintenance etc.
According to a study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), electric buses stand to be financially more viable for operating in the city compared with diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.
More cities are joining the electric bandwagon. Lucknow City Transport Services Ltd announced a partnership with Tata Motors to wheel out electric buses. Other public transport agencies like those in Pune, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Shimla, West Bengal, Guwahati, Jammu and Delhi etc too are beginning to operate electric buses.
2021, will see an explosion in the number of electric buses operated in Indian cities. Long may it continue.