FAME India Eco Drive kick started in Delhi, Tata Motors showcases Electric Vehicle and Hybrid bus

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FAME India Eco Drive (1)

Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (HI&PE) and Government of India flagged off the ‘3-Cities Fame India Eco Drive’ from Red Fort. The Eco Drive is aimed to promote eco-friendly mode of transportation and endorse electrification of automobile transportation to achieve objectives laid in the National Mission for Electric Mobility (NMEM). More than 50 hybrid and electric vehicles, including two wheelers, cars and buses from different automobile manufacturers, drove on the roads of Delhi.

The rally was finally culminated at Gurgaon. The drive was to promote conservation of energy and environmental benefits under the ambitious national scheme on Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME) India. Eco friendly vehicles from Tata Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Motors Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, BMW India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero Electric, Electrotherm and Lohia Motors were in the fleet.

FAME India Eco Drive (2)

Tata Motors showcased two of its Smart City Transport Solutions, the Tata IRIS Electric Vehicle and a Hybrid bus, during the FAME India Eco Drive.

Tata Iris EV is a zero emission solution in the Last Mile Public Transport space. It is a green vehicle which runs on electricity, powered by a Lithium Ion battery module of 200Ah @ 72V. The Iris is propelled by a traction motor – 13 Kw/17.4 bhp (Peak Power) and 43 Nm (Peak Torque) which can run up to 120Kms with two battery modules and can accommodate four passengers.

FAME India Eco Drive (3)

Tata Hybrid buses, on the other hand, have been developed to suit Indian operating conditions. Tried and tested in Delhi and Mumbai during commonwealth games, these Hybrid CNG Electric buses can be scaled to full Electric buses. Ten similar CNG Electric hybrid buses are already running in the city of Madrid, Spain and have covered more than 4 Lakh kms. The buses plying in Madrid have been designed and manufactured in India meeting all the requirements of the European Country.

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  • SatishSatSatish says:

    It is indeed proud to know that indigenously designed and developed CNG hybrid buses are being used in Europe meeting all regulations and have proven to be realiable with 4 lakh kms running (could be combined). What are the associated costs for these buses? I presume each bus is costlier than 1.5 Crore INR.