26 May 2016


Tata Motors signed a contract to supply 25 of its Starbus diesel series hybrid electric buses to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The contract is the single largest order awarded for hybrid electric vehicle technology, Tata Motors said. The company did not disclose the value of the contract.

With these buses, the MMRDA intends to connect Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to  the trailways stations of  Sion, Bandra and Kurla in the next year. The  hybrid  technology  offers  a  low  cost  of  ownership,  Tata said, with improved fuel savings on the order of 25 to 30%, reduction in emissions in comparison to conventional

buses and runs on pure electric mode for 30 to 35% of the total travel distance.

The bus can run without external charging infrastructures due to the integration of on-board charging, Tata said. While the lithium-ion nanophosphate batteries are  recharged by the Cummins diesel powertrain, the system also regenerates via brake energy.

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