Bus­world In­dia 2018

The eighth edi­tion of Bus­world In­dia (2018) at­tracted CV OEMs, bus body builders and other stake­hold­ers in larger num­bers.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story & Pho­tos: Ashish Bha­tia

The eighth edi­tion of Bus­world In­dia (2018) at­tracted CV OEMs, bus body builders and other stake­hold­ers in larger num­bers.

Open­ing to clear skies and a nice weather, the eighth-edi­tion of Bus­world In­dia at­tracted OEMs, bus body builders and var­i­ous other stake­hold­ers against a back­drop of sweep­ing changes tak­ing place in al­most all the bus seg­ments. Or­gan­ised by Bus­world In­ter­na­tional with Tata Mo­tors as the plat­inum spon­sor, the ex­hi­bi­tion, held at Bengaluru In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, be­tween Au­gust 29 and Au­gust

31, 2018, turned out to be a suit­able plat­form for the In­dian bus in­dus­try to come to­gether and dis­cuss and de­bate on the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges they in­cur. At­tract­ing 115 par­tic­i­pants from In­dia as well as var­i­ous other coun­tries in the world, the show saw bus body builders, sup­pli­ers, ser­vice providers and var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions dis­play their tech­nolo­gies, ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and talk about ways to col­lab­o­rate.

Prov­ing to be a good plat­form for dis­cus­sions and de­bates on top­i­cal is­sues like pol­lu­tion and ef­fi­ciency of op­er­a­tions among oth­ers, Bus­world In­dia 2018, ac­cord­ing to Di­dier Ramoudt, Pres­i­dent, Bus­world In­ter­na­tional Ltd., has come to at­tract the bus in­dus­try stake­hold­ers in big num­bers. “Not be­cause of the global pres­sure but be­cause of the global de­mands for al­ter­nate fuel ve­hi­cles in pub­lic trans­porta­tion, we have gath­ered here. We face the same set of is­sues and chal­lenges that the in­dus­try in the other parts of the world faces,” he said. Sup­ported by

Bus Op­er­a­tors Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (BOCI), As­so­ci­a­tion of

Road Trans­port Un­der­tak­ings (ASRTU), ICAT and ARAI, the expo re­flected trends like the rise of ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tems, fo­cus on al­ter­nate fuel tech­nol­ogy, elec­tro­mo­bil­ity, au­to­ma­tion, com­fort, con­ve­nience and safety.

Tata Mo­tors show­cased five pas­sen­ger com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in the form of a 22-seater Star­bus Ul­tra AC, 12-seater Star­bus AC, 12-seater Winger, Tata 1515 MCV staff bus and Magna in­ter-city coach.

An­nounc­ing its foray into the midi-bus seg­ment, Force Mo­tors show­cased the 33(41)-seater bus called the Trav­eller Monobus. Touted as In­dia’s first mono­coque bus, the Trav­eller is pow­ered by a 115 hp, 3.2-litre com­mon-rail diesel en­gine mated to a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion. The bus fea­tures disc brakes on all wheels with a uni-booster hy­draulic brak­ing tech­nol­ogy, ABS, EBD and an en­gine drag torque con­trol. MG Au­to­mo­tives dis­played three lux­ury coaches in the form of a 43-seater ‘Glider’ and 30-berth ‘Glider Z’ sleeper bus on the BharatBenz 12 m front-en­gine chas­sis. The crowd puller was the 30-berth ‘Glider Z’ sleeper coach based on the Mercedes-

Benz SHD 2441 multi-axle chas­sis. Mak­ing its first big pub­lic ap­pear­ance af­ter chang­ing its name from Gold­stone In­frat­ech to Olec­tra Green­tech Ltd., the com­pany show­cased an elec­tric 11-seater AC bus with pre­mium in­te­ri­ors. A vari­ant of eBuzz K6 city-bus that is do­ing duty at Mum­bai with BEST, the 11-seater AC bus is aimed at cor­po­rate and tourist ap­pli­ca­tions. Olec­tra Green­tech has been bag­ging many STU or­ders for elec­tric buses, in­clud­ing an or­der to sup­ply 80 ebuses (60 K9 and 20 K7) to Bengaluru Trans­port and 40 ebuses (K9) to Hy­der­abad.

Prakash Au­to­mo­biles launched a 45-seater bus ‘Vega’ based on a Ashok Ley­land chas­sis. It also dis­played a 30-berth ‘Capella’ sleeper bus based on the BharatBenz 12 m front-en­gine chas­sis. If the Prakash built ‘Capella’ and the MG Au­to­mo­tives built ‘Glider Z’ on BharatBenz and MercedesBenz bus chas­sis re­spec­tively, high­lighted the trend of mod­erni­sa­tion that is sweep­ing through the In­dian bus in­dus­try, the sup­plier dis­plays seemed to en­dorse it like no other. A good num­ber of bus HVAC sys­tem sup­pli­ers found their way to the show. These com­prised of Va­leo Mother­son, Subros Ltd., Eberspaecher Sue­trak Bccs In­dia Pvt. Ltd, Trans ACNR, Bitzer In­dia Pvt. Ltd. and Emtech Songz. In the al­ter­nate fuel space, Agility Fuel Solutions and Neu­ton Auto Pvt. Ltd. dis­played their prod­ucts. These in­cluded CNG cylin­ders ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing long-haul bus op­er­a­tions of up to 800 to 1000 kms.

In­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors from Ger­many, Bel­gium, Turkey, China, Be­larus, Korea and Aus­tria made their pres­ence felt at Bus­world In­dia too. They put a strong dis­play of prod­ucts, point­ing at the best and the most re­cent the in­dus­try has to of­fer. With most prod­ucts at the event point­ing in the di­rec­tion of im­prov­ing mo­bil­ity, it did not come as a suprise when G Paramesh­wara, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter, Gov­ern­ment of Kar­nataka, in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress ex­pressed a need to build an ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem. “Over 70 lakh ve­hi­cles run in Bengaluru ev­ery day on roads that were not built to han­dle the den­sity of traf­fic seen to­day. To ad­dress this is­sue, the re­quire­ment is for an ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port sys­tem that in­cludes buses,” he men­tioned. Paramesh­wara hinted at a pro­posal to re­place the cur­rent bus fleet in Kar­nataka with ebuses in about five years of time, and to lower the tax rate. Big­ger than the ear­lier edi­tion that was held two years ago at the same venue, the Bus­world In­dia 2018 man­aged to gen­er­ate a good pull. A com­pre­hen­sive ar­ti­cle on Bus­world In­dia 2018 will fol­low in the next is­sue.

⇦ The Magna in­ter-city coach is the flag­ship of­fer­ing in the pas­sen­ger com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle space from Tata Mo­tors.

⇩ Olec­tra’s K6.LuXe is an AC elec­tric pre­mium bus tar­geted at cor­po­rate and tourist ap­pli­ca­tions.

⇦ The Trav­eller Monobus marks Force Mo­tor’s foray into the midi-bus seg­ment.

⇧ The MG Au­to­mo­tives built 30-berth ‘Glider Z’ sleeper coach is based on the Mercedes-Benz SHD 2441 mul­ti­axle chas­sis.⇩ The Prakash built 45-seater bus ‘Vega’ is based on a Ashok Ley­land chas­sis.

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