Tata Motors to supply 80 electric buses to West Bengal Transport Corporation

Tata Motors has announced that it will supply 80 electric buses to the West Bengal Transport Corporation. The order includes 40 units of 9-metre Ultra Electric AC E-buses and 40 units of 12-metre e-buses, out of which 20 units of the 9-metre e-buses have already been delivered.

Written by February 21, 2019 12:30

New Delhi: Tata Motors has announced that it will supply 80 electric buses to the West Bengal Transport Corporation. The order includes 40 units of 9-metre Ultra Electric AC E-buses and 40 units of 12-metre e-buses, out of which 20 units of the 9-metre e-buses have already been delivered.

The company has said that the remaining 20 9-metre electric buses will be delivered by March 31, while the 12-metre e-buses will be delivered in a phased manner.

The first lot was flagged off by Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, and their inaugural journey from Nabanna, Howrah.

These 80 electric buses are part of the company’s larger agenda to deliver 255 electric buses in 6 cities across India. In fact, it was just early this month that the company announced supplying 40 electric buses to the Lucknow City Transport Service. The remaining cities that are set to receive electric buses from Tata Motors include – Indore, Jammu, Assam and Jaipur.

The Ultra Electric buses are being manufactured at the company’s Dharwad plant. The Ultra Electric buses, powered by an Integrated Electric Motor Generator are built on existing platforms of Starbus and Ultra.

Features of electric bus

The Ultra Electric buses are air-conditioned, have modern interiors and comfortable seats for 31 passengers. The buses also come with air suspension for both front and rear axles to make travel more comfortable for the commuters. Integrated electric motor generator with a peak power of 328 bhp can deliver 194 bhp continuously ensuring effortless driving in congested roads and frequent start stops needing no shifting of gears. The electric motor is powered by a Li-Ion battery that offers a range of up to 150 km on a single charge.