Tata Motors has received two more major orders for electric buses in India, with West Bengal Transport Corporation and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation ordering a total of over 2,000 e-buses in August.
Specifically, 1,180 e-buses are going to the state of West Bengal. The state's public transport operator has ordered a total of four different models, including 12-meter-long low-floor buses with air conditioning, as well as 12-meter and smaller 9-meter buses with a higher entrance.
The West Bengal Transport Corporation was formed in 2016 from the merger of several existing public transport operators that were active in the state, primarily in and around Kolkata (formerly Kolkata and until 2001 called Calcutta). In addition to scheduled and express buses, WBTC is also responsible for trams and ferries.
The second new order for 921 electric buses from the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation is, like the WBTC order, part of the Convergence Energy Services Limited tender for several thousand e-buses in India's largest cities. The public transport operator from Bangalore has now ordered exclusively twelve-metre-long low-floor e-drive buses from Tata. The vehicles will be used in the southern Indian metropolis over the next twelve years.
The 12-metre low-floor bus is the Tata Starbus, a model that seats 35 passengers and has front and rear air suspension. The electric motor has an output of 245 kW. The battery pack is said to come to "around 250 kWh" but is also "scalable according to range requirements".
Just at the end of July, Delhi Transport Corporation had also ordered 1,500 units of Starbus EV from Tata as part of the CESL funding, which the company says means it has received orders for 3,600 e-buses in less than 30 days.
In India, Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) launched a tender for 5,450 electric solo buses and 130 e-double-deckers in January. The subsidiary of state-owned energy service provider Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is working with five major transport operators on the initiative, which covers nine cities.