Tata Motors, on 16th October 2017 commenced trials of its 9-metre electric bus in Guwahati. With a seating capacity of 26-34 passengers, the full-auto transmission Tata Ultra electric bus was flagged off by Anand Prakash Tiwari, Managing Director, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) making it the first state transport undertaking (STU) in Eastern India to start trials of an electric vehicle. The STU in collaboration with Tata Motors will run the trials for seven days and will offer free transport service to the participants of FIFA team and devotees from Paltan Bazar to Maa Kamakhya Temple.
This trial follows the successful trials of the 9-metre electric bus from Parwanoo to Shimla a few months ago, where the bus covered a distance of 160 kms in one full charge. Tata Motors says trials in Chandigarh also showed ‘very encouraging’ results in a running of 143 kms, covering approximately 70 percent of the charge. These trials are a part of the Ministry of Road Transport’s agenda for the electrification of public transport, for which Tata Motors is getting ready with its range of electric vehicles, from 9 meters and 12 meters with various seating configurations, as well as its last mile passenger transport vehicle, the Tata Magic Iris.
Dr. A K Jindal, Head, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors said, “These buses qualify for the subsidy under revised FAME scheme which will give a big boost to the electrification of public transport. Tata Motors is also working with various study groups formed by the central government to work out various business models for operating electric vehicles and to optimise the overall economics of these buses, for a truly Make in India solution.” Read More…
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