CVs as harbinger of change need special recognition. Indicative of the future, they are engineered to reflect a modern design approach, technology and a deeper understanding of the change that is taking place in the market. Three CVs were found worthy of special recognition – the Mahindra E-Alfa, Tata Starbus Hybrid and Volvo 9400 Coach. The Volvo 9400 Coach is a 12 m rearengine premium inter-city bus that was instrumental in revolutionising the Indian bus market. Continuing to lead the premium inter-city coach market, the Volvo 9400 won the special recognition award for its quality, localisation and the travel experience it offers. Powering the bus is a 330 hp, 8-litre BSIV engine that is made in India by VE PowerTrain, Pithampur. The bus body is locally built at the Volvo Buses plant at Bangalore. The Volvo 9400 Coach features Alco lock, knee impact protection, frontal impact protection and front under-run protection. The bus body of the 12 m coach, albeit with a BSVI drivetrain, has found its way to Europe, and is claimed to meet the international standards. The Volvo 9400 Coach features dual circuit air-disc brakes and EBS. Tata Starbus Hybrid drew attention as the only series diesel-electric hybrid city bus in India. Powered by a 177 hp, 5.0-litre diesel engine and two electric motors of 90 kW each, the low-floor city bus shares its platform with the Tata Hispano Starbus Hybrid (CNG-electric) bus that is plying in Madrid, Spain. Capable of seating 32 people in air-conditioned comfort, the hybrid bus offers a silent and comfortable ride. Measuring 12 m in length, the Tata Starbus Hybrid has the engine and the electronics located at the rear. The drive is routed to the rear wheels. Offering significant fuel saving and lower tailpipe emissions, the Tata Starbus Hybrid not only looks impressive, it is equipped with regenerative braking, mobile charging points, ramp for the disabled, security cameras, ITS, Wi-Fi, driver controlled infotainment, fire detection and suppression system. The Mahindra E-Alfa drew attention as the only electric three wheler nominated this year. Powered by a one-kW motor, the e-rickshaw weighs 758 kg. Not a sorry form of a conventional three wheeler, the E-Alfa is equipped with a 48-volt 120 AH lead-caid battery. With a charging time of 10-12 hours, the e-rickshaw has a operating range of 85 km. Capable of seating four people other than the driver, the vehicle attains a maximum speed of 25 kmph.
WINNER: TATA STARBUS HYBRID (L to R): Marzban Jasoomani, Publisher, CV magazine, presenting the award for Tata Starbus Hybrid to Ravi Pant, Head – Engineering (Buses), Tata Motors; Rohit Srivastava, VP – Product Line (Buses), Tata Motors, and Girish Wagh, Head – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors.
WINNER: VOLVO 9400 COACH (L to R): Marzban Jasoomani, Publisher, CV magazine, giving the award for Volvo 9400 coach to Suresh Chettiyar, Business Head, Volvo Buses South Asia; Vishal Chugh, Director Commercial, Volvo Buses South Asia; Ashutosh Sharma, Regional Sales Manager, Volvo Buses South Asia, and Sridhar Chari, Public Affairs and Media Relations Manager, Volvo Buses South Asia.
WINNER: MAHINDRA E-ALFA (L to R): Marzban Jasoomani, Publisher, CV magazine, presenting the award for Mahindra E-Alfa to Mahesh Kulkarni, VP – Marketing (Commercial Vehicles), Mahindra & Mahindra.