Tata Motors announced that Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has signed a definitive agreement with its fully owned subsidiary, TML Smart City Mobility Solutions Limited for operation of 921 electric buses in the city of Bengaluru. As part of the collaboration, TML Smart City Mobility Solutions will supply, operate and maintain 921 units of 12-metre low-floor electric buses for a period of 12 years. Tata Starbus Electric is an indigenously developed vehicle with superior design consisting features for sustainable and comfortable commute.
The research and development facilities of Tata Motors have steadily worked to engineer innovative mobility solutions powered by alternate fuel technology, including battery-electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG and hydrogen fuel cell technology. As of now, Tata Motors has supplied more than 730 electric buses across multiple cities in India, which have cumulatively clocked more than 55 million kilometres, with an uptime of over 95 per cent.
Recently in September 2022, under the National E-Bus Program (Phase-I), Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) floated bids to choose bus operators for the procurement, operations and maintenance (O&M) of 5,690 electric buses. The project also includes development of allied electric and civil infrastructure. This is the first tender under the National Electric Bus Program that aims to deploy 50,000 electric buses throughout the country.