Tata Motors, the largest bus manufacturer in India has flagged off 123 new air-conditioned automatic transmission buses in Ahmedabad.
The launch of these buses are in addition to the order of 3200 buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) phase II scheme, according to a company statement. These new generation buses reduce driver fatigue in addition to providing for a superior commuting experience. The automatic transmission buses also help save on fuel costs, thanks to the superior fuel efficiency derived from constant engagement of both engine and transmission.
While flagging of these buses, Vernon Noronha, VP, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors, said: With state-of-the-art capabilities in developing and integrating intelligent world-class electronic vehicular systems, we at Tata Motors work closely with all stakeholders in successfully deploying these technologies across a broad spectrum of commercial vehicles, enabling connectivity, safety, better fuel economy, along with optimal vehicle performance. These air conditioned buses with Automatic Transmission are most suitable for BRTS operations and have been developed for the first time for Janmarg. Automatic transmission in buses will reduce driver fatigue, improve acceleration, maneuverability and overall passenger comfort and experience, and more revenue earnings per bus. With this order we are proud to partner Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd., in efficiently and safely running their bus services, with a high degree of reliability and availability.”
With a floor height of 900 mm and a length of 12 metres, these buses are fit with electronic display boards and pneumatic door operations, for comfortable commute in an urban transport mileu. In addition to that, a wider passage-way for free movement, large window panes for better visibility, along with lower entry/exit doors, makes these new buses safe and convenient for commuters, also providing easy access for differently-abled and elderly passengers. The buses are built by Tata Marcopolo and are being operated by private operators.
Tata Motors is the country’s largest bus manufacturer with the most complete range of transit vehicles that meet every need, arising from day-to-day travel. It has continued to be the leader in this segment by not just setting technological benchmarks but also by adapting innovations effectively to suit Indian travel conditions. Tata Motors has also developed a wide variety of buses and coaches that cater to the entire gamut of public transport solutions – from luxurious inter-city travel options to safe transport choices for school going children. Tata Motors has also developed Electric Hybrid buses and Articulated buses to meet the future transport needs for the envisaged ‘Smart Cities’.