Tata Motors today flagged off 123 new AC buses in Ahmedabad, equipped with Automatic Transmission. These buses are in addition to the order bagged by Tata Motors for 3,200 buses under the JnNURM – phase II scheme and are meant to reduce driver fatigue. The automatic transmission buses will also help save on fuel costs, due to efficiencies derived from constant engagement of both engine and transmission.
With a floor height of 900mm and a length of 12 meters, these buses are fit with electronic display boards and pneumatic door operations, for comfortable commute in an urban transport set-up. A wider passage-way for free movement, large window panes for better visibility, along with lower entry/exit doors, makes these new buses safe and convenient for commuters, also providing easy access for differently-abled and elderly passengers.
The buses are built by Tata Marcopolo and are being operated by private operators.
Tata Motors has also developed Electric Hybrid buses and Articulated buses to meet the future transport needs for the envisaged ‘Smart Cities’.