DTC partners with Tata Motors' division for deploying 1,500 electric buses in New Delhi
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Tata Motors' subsidiary TML CV Mobility Solutions Ltd have signed a definitive agreement for operating a fleet of 1,500 electric buses in New Delhi. As a part of the agreement, Tata Motors' subsidiary will deploy, run, and maintain those electric buses for a period of 12 years.
TML EV Mobility Solutions Ltd will supply the Tata Motors Starbus EV across New Delhi. This low-floor AC bus measures 11,985mm in length and is specially developed for urban transportation. The Starbus EV promises a travel range of 200km that is scalable as per requirements and provides a top speed of 65kmph. As claimed, charging the battery takes up to 3 hours when plugged into a fast charger.
It is claimed to be the largest-ever electric bus order by Delhi Transport Corporation. Notably, this is also a part of the 'Grand Challenge' initiative of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL). CESL - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), launched this initiative to deploy electric buses in nine cities in India. Moreover, the bus features LED headlights, USB charging ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, regenerative braking, and electronically controlled air suspension at the front and back.
On the occasion, Shilpa Shinde, IAS, MD, DTC, said, "We are pleased to have signed an agreement for the largest order of 1,500 electric buses in Delhi. This is a significant step towards embracing electric mobility in the capital city. The induction of zero-emission, noise-free buses will greatly help in improving the city's air quality. The new buses will also immensely benefit the commuters with its ultra-modern features and comfortable seating."
"It is indeed a historic occasion for us as we sign a definitive agreement for the country's largest electric bus order. Our relationship with DTC, which stands strong for over a decade, is based on the foundation of mutual trust and cooperation and this order will further strengthen it. We are confident that the electric buses will provide sustainable, safe and comfortable public transportation to the commuters of Delhi," said Asim Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, TML CV Mobility Solutions Limited.
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