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Tata Motors Launched Hybrid and Electric Buses in India

Tata Motors pushes green technology by launching its new Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India, priced at USD20 Million

India: Tata Motors, launched fully electric and hybrid buses to support public transportation in India. The range of buses include Starbus Hybrid and Ultra Starbus Electric Bus. The company has also showcased India's first fuel cell bus. Moreover, Tata aims to start delivery of fully electric buses in the next quarter.

The Starbus Hybrid is built on a modular platform and is compliant with all AIS 051 (Automotive Industry Standards), UBS-II (Urban Bus Specifications) and CMVR (Central Motor Vehicle Rules). The bus uses lithium-ion phosphate batteries to power the electric motor installed in the vehicle. The bus includes various features such as electronically controlled air suspension, automatic transmission, electronically controlled brakes and regenerative braking system.

The Starbus Electric Bus comes with CCTV cameras and is available in two variants, 9 m and 12 m. Also, Starbus Electric Bus features a GPS-enabled Intelligent Transport System (ITS) semi-low floor of 650 mm. The company has also showcased the Starbus Fuel Cell bus that uses a hydrogen fuel cell, which combines hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity.

As per TechSci Research, the Government of India has been focusing on green vehicle technology. Under various promotional plans, various domestic as well as international companies have been testing the authenticity of electric vehicles in India. By launching new electric and hybrid buses for transportation in the country, Tata has gained a competitive advantage over its competitors across the region. The company has not only introduced a fully electric bus, but has also launched hybrid as well as fuel cell version of a bus. Despite of being in the initial phase, the electric & hybrid electric bus market is anticipated to boom in India over the coming period, thus impacting the global industry of such buses.

As per TechSci Research, According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, “Global Electric & Hybrid Electric Buses Market By Vehicle Type (Light Duty Electric and Hybrid Electric Bus, and Heavy Duty Electric and Hybrid Electric Bus), By Technology, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011-2021”, global market for electric & hybrid electric bus is projected to grow at a CAGR of 17% during 2016 - 2021. Hybrid electric buses accounted for majority of the market share in 2015, however, sales of pure electric buses are expected to grow at a faster pace over the next five years. Moreover, the market is forecast to witness significantly higher sales of heavy duty electric & hybrid buses over the course of next five years compared to light duty variants. In 2015, a major share in global demand for electric & hybrid electric buses was accounted for by China, predominantly on account of majority of the major electric & hybrid electric bus manufacturers such as BYD Company, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus, Zhongtong Bus & Holding, Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry and Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors being Chinese electric & hybrid bus manufacturers.

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