Tata Motors has announced the delivery of six Ultra 9m diesel Midi buses to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). While the automaker has several buses in several STU fleet across the country, these six buses are special since they have been customised specifically for women commuters. The buses have been designed keeping the safety and security of women in mind and are equipped with a Fire Detection & Suppression System (FDSS), CCTV cameras providing an Intelligence Transport Systems (ITS) for public information along with electronic destination display boards supported by GPS. The buses have been built and customised for women commuters under the Tejaswani scheme of the Government of Maharashtra.
Built on the new Ultra platform, Tata Motors says the buses meet the requirements of all stakeholders including the driver, passenger and operator. The buses are equipped with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) in a bid to offer more relaxed and fatigue-free driving. As part of the order, Tata will be delivering a total 33 buses to the Pune Transport Corporation, of which these were the first six buses. The remaining 27 buses will be delivered by March 2019, in a phased manner.
More recently, Tata Motors also delivered the Ultra 9m electric bus to the Lucknow City Transport Services that offer a range of 150 km on a single charge. The buses can seat up to 31 passengers and offer air conditioning and an air suspension at the front and rear axles, for better ride comfort. The Tata Ultra 9m electric buses use an integrated electric motor that produces peak power of 333 bhp and can develop 197 bhp continuously for hassle-free driving on congested roads. The buses are equipped with lithium-ion batteries that are placed on the roof top in a bid to keep them safe in case of waterlogging. Tata also set up a fast charging system at the Alambagh depot in Lucknow.