Expanding the scope of trial and test-marketing of its hybrid buses, Tata Motors has given two such buses to Brihan Mumbai Electric and Transport Undertaking, commonly known as BEST, the public transport organization. The company has also used four such buses during the commonwealth games in Delhi.
Tata Motors' Spanish bus making subsidiary Tata Hispano Motors has bagged an order from Madrid city transportation company EMT Madrid and hoping for additional orders. The new CNG-electric buses are more environmental friendly compared to the CNG buses plying on Delhi roads and is expected to give better fuel efficiency.
The company is also planning to launch Diesel-electric hybrid for various state transport corporations.
Meant for intra-city transportation, the Hybrid Tata Starbus is powered with a parallel hybrid engine comprising an internal combustion CNG engine and an electric motor using regenerative energy storage system. Parallel hybrid technology uses power generation simultaneously through both the CNG engine and the electric motor to drive the vehicle.
View: This technological leap for the company will give it the benefit over the competitors. Now that Tata Motors has got presence across the globe it should now focus on the next level of technological innovation. Expenses occurred today will reap benefits tomorrow.