Tata Mo­tors eyes ex­port of e-buses


Tata Mo­tors says it hopes to tap the ex­port mar­ket for its newly launched elec­tric buses.

The com­pany has started de­liv­ery of these to six dif­fer­ent state trans­port un­der­tak­ings in In­dia, af­ter win­ning in com­pet­i­tive ten­ders.

“We would def­i­nitely like to ex­plore the ex­port mar­ket, es­pe­cially the Saarc (South­east Asian) re­gion,” Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava, vice-pres­i­dent and head (buses), tells Busi­nessS­tan­dard here. “We have made huge in­vest­ments in the de­vel­op­ment and de­sign of these buses, an in­dige­nous prod­uct.

These are be­ing made at the Tata Mo­tors and Tata Mar­copolo fac­to­ries in Dhar­wad, Kar­nataka.

On Sun­day, the com­pany de­liv­ered the first of an or­der for 40 of these buses to Luc­know City Trans­port Ser­vices. Sri­vas­tava says the av­er­age price of each is ~1 crore.

Of ten­ders floated in 10 cities, Tata Mo­tors had won the bid to sup­ply a to­tal of 255 in six cities — Luc­know, Jammu, Kolkata, Indore, Guwa­hati and Jaipur, for the re­spec­tive pub­lic trans­porta­tion agen­cies. The firm got the con­tract for sup­ply­ing 62 of the to­tal bus re­quire­ment across these 10 cities.

“We have 51-52 per cent mar­ket share of the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles space in In­dia and would want to re­tain this un­der the elec­tric ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory, too,” Sri­vas­tava says. The ten­der­ing process for some more cities is on the anvil. The firm is op­ti­mistic on growth prospects in the seg­ment, with the con­cerns on pol­lu­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Their Ul­tra Elec­tric bus has a travel range of up to 150 km on a sin­gle charge. Sri­vas­tava says the Li-ion bat­ter­ies have been placed on the roof, to pre­vent break­down due to wa­ter­log­ging. The bat­ter­ies are liq­uid cooled. No gear shifts are needed. Key trac­tion com­po­nents have been sourced from sup­pli­ers in the US, Ger­many and China. The com­mer­cial launch was af­ter test­ing and val­i­da­tion across states, to es­tab­lish the per­for­mance in di­verse ter­rain, the com­pany says.

The newly launched Ul­tra Elec­tric bus has a travel range of up to 150 km on a sin­gle charge

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