The agreement, which has now been finalized after being announced in the summer, includes the supply and operation of 1,500 air-conditioned Tata Starbus EV 12-meter electric buses by Tata subsidiary TML CV Mobility Solutions for a period of 12 years.
The domestically produced electric bus features a low floor, space for 35 passengers, air suspension at the front and rear, an electric motor with an output of 245 kW, and a battery pack with a capacity of around 250 kWh that can be scaled according to range requirements.
“This is a significant step towards the introduction of electric mobility in the capital. The introduction of zero-emission and zero-noise buses will go a long way in improving air quality in the city. The new buses will also be of great benefit to commuters with their state-of-the-art facilities and comfortable seats.” said Shilpa Shinde, Managing Director, Delhi Transport Corporation
According to Asim Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, TML CV Mobility Solutions Limited, this is a “historic event” as they have now signed a definitive agreement for the country’s largest electric bus order.
“Our relationship with Delhi Transport Corporation, which has been in place for over a decade, is based on 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 transport to Delhi commuters.” said Asim Kumar Mukhopadhyay
Tata Motors has already delivered more than 730 electric buses to various cities in India. In August 2022, the West Bengal Transport Corporation and the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation placed orders for a combined total of over 2,000 electric buses from Tata Motors. All of these orders, including the one for New Delhi mentioned above, are part of Convergence Energy Services Limited’s (CESL) bid for several thousand electric buses in India’s largest cities.