Can Ranchi Municipal Corporation procure Tata Motors hybrid electric buses?. This question figured in the minds of citizens of Jharkhand capital city after Tata Motors handed over 25 hybrid electric buses to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)
These hybrid electric buses were developed indigenously.Each of these Tata-Starbus hybrid electric bus has low-floor configuration.It offers global design standards and can run on dual power (diesel and electric),using lithium ion batteries.
More,these buses comply with all UBS-II (urban bus specifications), AIS 052 (automotive industry standards) and CMVR (central motor vehicle rules), said a report.
As reports reached Ranchi from Mumbai,these buses were formally handed over to the MMRDA by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete on Friday.
Girish Wagh, Tata Motors President, Commercial Vehicles,has said that these buses, powered by BS-IV engines, are the first series of the hybrid electric architecture buses and are a testimony to the company's technological prowess.
"Against this development,RMC should ground old buses and purchase these hybrid electric buses to contain cost on petrol and air pollution caused by petrol driven buses in Ranchi",said Randhir Singh, a Mecon engineer,echoing the sentiments of a dozen residents of Ranchi.