Tata Motors has delivered 51 Winger ambulances to the Zila Parishad, i.e. district council of Pune. This move will assist medical professionals to transport patients to the hospital, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The ambulances were delivered as a part of a larger order placed by the Zilla Parishad to provide aid to COVID-19 patients. Tata Motors has also ensured that there is a proper partition between the patients and the driving compartment, to separate patients from the rest of the cabin for safety.
Tata Motors claims that the new Winger ambulance has been specially designed for transporting patients and ensuring the safety of the driver at the same time. As per the carmaker, the Winger now gets a more flatter torque curve, resulting in linear acceleration and high fuel efficiency. The Winger also gets new monocoque chassis which will improve its ability to navigate through narrow roads.
Tata Motors, after winning the bid at government’s E-Marketplace, has delivered these Winger ambulances to the Zilla Parishad of Pune, Maharashtra. The vehicles were handed over to Mr Ajit Pawar, who is the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This is a part of a larger order placed by the Zilla Parishad to provide aid to COVID-19 patients. The Zilla Parishad (district council) has said that the Tata Winger ambulances will be deputed to all the Gram Panchayats of Pune district.
Speaking about the delivery of these ambulances, Mr Vinay Pathak, Vice President, Product Line, SCV, Tata Motors, said, “The Tata Winger platform is a versatile one and is perfectly suited for several applications. It is one of the most successful ambulance platforms in the country and has helped save thousands of lives to date. In the BS6 form, it has enhanced value-adds that make it the ideal vehicle for patient transportation. Tata Motors stands together with the country in its endeavour to fight COVID-19 and we are determined to support the government in providing better and quicker healthcare to all.”
Speaking about the pandemic, in July 2020, when the coronavirus was reaching its peak in India, Tata Motors had handed over 20 Tata Winger ambulances and 100 ventilators to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the company had also donated Rs 10 crore to the BMC for the Plasma trials in Mumbai.
The new BS6 compliant Winger comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The Winger churns out 98 bhp of power and 200 Nm of peak torque. As per Tata Motors, the new Winger also gets a gear shift indicator and ECO switch which helps in achieving better fuel efficiency.