Indian commercial vehicle giant Tata Motors has commenced trial run of its 9 meters electric bus in Guwahati.
Tata Motors is the first bus maker in India to get ARAI and homologation certification for its 9m and 12m electric buses.
Anand Prakash Tiwari, Managing Director, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has flagged off the full-auto transmission Tata Ultra ELECTRIC 9m bus that comes with the seating capacity of 26-34 passengers.
In collaboration with Tata Motors, ASTC said it will have trial run for a week, offering free transport service to the participants of FIFA team and devotees from Plantan Bazar to Maa Kamakhya Temple.
This trial follows the successful trial of the 9 meters electric bus from Parwanoo to Shimla a few months ago, where the bus performed exceedingly well covering a distance of 160 kms in one full charge.
The 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. AK Jindal, Head, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors, said, “With increasing focus of automotive industry and government towards electrification of automobiles, Tata Motors has been continuously pushing the boundaries in the electric mobility space and is the first company in country to get ARAI and homologation certification for their 9 meter and 12 meter electric bus.”
These buses qualify for the subsidy under revised FAME scheme that will give a big boost to the electrification of public transport.