Following successful trials along the Parwanoo to Shimla route, the 9 metre Tata Ultra Electric bus from Tata Motors is now being put to the test in Chandigarh. The trials are a part of electrification of public transport being initiated by the Ministry of Road Transport. Shimla trials were successful with Tata Ultra Electric bus covering a distance of 160 kms in a single charge while initial trials in Chandigarh saw the bus run for 143 kms using 70% total charge.
Tata Ultra Electric bus is powered by a complete electric drive train. This engine generates zero emission and noiseless operations. Being devoid of clutch operation or gear shift, drivers are ensured fatigue free driving experience.
This 9 metre long electric buses exterior features include LED headlamps and neon orange highlights across its white body, to show off its alternative power source. Interiors of Tata Ultra Electric Bus are spacious and comfortable with seating capacity of 31 passengers. The bus comes fitted with high safety and security systems with Intelligent Transport system and Security Camera Network. New generation telematics, user friendly vehicle maintenance and tracking, and Passenger Information System feature.
Engine specifications include a PMAC traction motor electric powertrain offering 120 kW/hr power and 550 Nm torque. The 120 kW Li-ion battery pack allows for a range of 150 kms with a top speed of 100 kmph without use of speed limiter function. This battery takes around 4 hours to charge but this can be achieved via a fast charger, in a matter of 1.5 hours.
Tata Motors gears up to offer a range of electric vehicles ranging from 9-12 metres with varied seating configurations as Chandigarh gets set to introduce more electric buses in the city, under the Smart City Plan.