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Tata Motors is to deploy 40 electric buses to Lucknow City Transport Services in India to support the government’s efforts for promoting electric vehicles (EVs).
The delivery is part of a larger order in which 255 e-buses will be delivered to six public transport undertakings including WBTC (West Bengal), LCTSL (Lucknow), AICTSL (Indore), ASTC (Guwahati), J&KSRTC (Jammu) and JCTSL (Jaipur).
Tata says its Ultra Electric buses will have a range of up to 150km on a single charge and will operate between the Alambagh Bus Terminal to Gomti Nagar, an area in the city which consists of residential and business settlements.
Dr. A.K. Jindal, head engineering (electric & defence), CVBU, Tata Motors, says the vehicle architecture ensures low energy consumption and low total cost of operation.
The Ultra Electric buses are air conditioned and have seats for 31 passengers. An integrated electric motor generator comes with a peak power of 333HP and is expected to deliver 197HP continuously, allowing drivers to make frequent stops without needing to shift gears.
The fleet was manufactured at Tata and Tata Marcopolo Dharwad plants and tested across Indian states including Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Assam and Maharashtra to measure performance in diverse terrains.
Tata has already taken steps to install EV technology in India. Last year, the company partnered with natural gas provider Hindustan Petroleum to develop a nationwide network of EV chargers.