Uttar Pradesh State’s Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna inaugurated the first electric bus of the state in Lucknow City on 10 February 2019. The electric bus was launched in the city as a part of Government of India’s mission to promote electric vehicles through the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme. As a part of this mission, 40 Air-Conditioned midi sized (9m long) buses was allocated to Lucknow City Transport Services Limited (LCTSL), the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in-charge of providing bus services.
LCTSL has selected Tata motors through the bidding process followed under the FAME scheme. The procurement was carried out on an outright purchase model with a 10 year Annual Maintenance contract (AMC) including battery replacement. The bus has a seating capacity of 31 passengers and offers a minimum assured kilometers of 150 km on a single charge. The indigenously developed electric buses have modern interiors along with air suspension for both front and rear axles. It has a power of 333HP and can deliver 197HP continuously ensuring effortless driving.
Fast-chargers has been installed at the Alambagh depot in the city for overnight charging of these buses. The Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries on-board the buses have been placed on the rooftop so as to safeguard the batteries in case of waterlogged conditions. The batteries are also liquid cooled to maintain the temperature within an optimum range and ensure longer life along with better performance in tropical conditions.
We congratulate LCTSL and Tata motors for the initiative. The average air quality in Lucknow city has been consistently poor in recent times and it cleaner vehicle technologies are a good step towards addressing this challenge. Tata has been one of the leading bus manufacturers in India in the conventional diesel and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses for many decades. Their transition to developing electric buses and their successful implementation provides a positive example of the Indian industries ability to support emission reduction from the public transport sector towards meeting India’s air-quality, fuel conservation and climate change mitigation goals.