Tata Motors preparing to go big with electric buses
Tata Motors Commercial head Girish Wagh is preparing to go big with electric buses. "The company has made bids with 11 State Transport Units, including those of Maharashtra , Karnataka, Gujarat and others through FAME Phase 1&2," said the architect of Nano, who is now in charge of the Commercial Vehicles unit of Tata Motors.
The company is at present making prototypes which have been validated by ARAI. It showcased the e-bus Status at the Auto Expo 2018. "The buses will have both 400 mm and 200 mm floor height, with both AC and non-AC options, 24 seaters with a lot of standing space and will have a range of 120-180 km," said Wagh at the expo.
The bids are of two types, one for bus as a product and another for bus as a service. Tata Motors along with competitors Mahindra, Ashok Leyland have taken part in the bids. "As a service 0rovider, we will also provide for charging stations for the buses we provide. And for that we have tied up with Tata Power," said Wagh.
Maybe, in the passenger vehicle segment too, which is currently facing the challenge of electrification, the OEMs might have to provide for charging infrastructure.