DTC signs agreement with Tata Motors for operating 1500 electric buses
In largest order to date for electric buses by Delhi Transport Corporation, the state-owned public transport authority of the city of New Delhi has recently signed a definitive agreement with Tata Motors' fully owned subsidiary - TML CV Mobility Solutions Ltd. - for operation of 1500 electric buses.
As part of the agreement, TML CV Mobility Solutions will supply, operate and maintain 1500 units of Tata Starbus EV 12-metre low-floor air-conditioned electric buses for a period 12 years.
The latest e-bus order follows an earlier order of 1500 electric buses put forth by DTC with Tata Motors in July this year. Both the orders are part of the 'Grand Challenge' by Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) to promote e-bus adoption in the country.
Commenting on the announcement, Shilpa Shinde, IAS, Managing Director, Delhi Transport Corporation said, "We are pleased to have signed an agreement for the largest order of 1500 electric buses in Delhi. This is a significant step towards embracing electric mobility in the capital city. The induction of zero-emission, noise-free buses will greatly help in improving the city's air quality. The new buses will also immensely benefit the commuters with its ultra-modern features and comfortable seating.
Asim Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, TML CV Mobility Solutions Limited said, "It is indeed a historic occasion for us as we sign a definitive agreement for the country's largest electric bus order. Our relationship with DTC, which stands strong for over a decade, is based on the foundation of 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 transportation to the commuters of Delhi."
The Starbus EV is an indigenously developed vehicle with superior design and best-in-class features for sustainable and comfortable commute, according to the manufacturer. Tata Motors claims to have supplied more than 730 electric buses across multiple cities in India, which have cumulatively clocked more than 55 million kilometers, with an uptime of over 95 percent.
The home-grown brand is at the forefront of the 4W electric vehicle market in India, both in passenger cars and electric buses segment. Tata is offering both 9-metre and 12-metre battery-electric buses for the state-owned transport corporations in the country.