Hybrid low-floor Tata Starbus with electric traction: The new hybrid Starbus, a concept, is a result of Tata Motors’ advances in alternate fuel technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of conventional fuels. Meant for intra-city transportation, it is powered with a series hybrid engine comprising an internal combustion CNG engine and three lithium ion batteries mounted on the roof. The CNG engine charges the lithium ion batteries through a generator, and the batteries in turn power the driveline. The regenerative braking system also helps in charging the batteries. The electric traction system (induction motors with summation gear box) provides smooth acceleration & the driveability of a vehicle with automatic transmission. The new hybrid Starbus delivers over 25-30% improvement in fuel economy.
The low-floor (floor height: 400 mm) air-conditioned bus can seat 35 passengers, and can also accommodate wheel chairs. Pneumatically operated in-swing and out-swing flat doors and kneeling facility allow easy entry and exit, reducing halt time and trip lengths. Full air suspension and telescopic double-acting shock absorbers provide excellent ride quality, while an energy-efficient HVAC system with air curtains at the doors enhances comfort. With high starting acceleration, and a maximum speed of 70 km, the hybrid Starbus is an innovative solution for fast and comfortable intra-city passenger movement in an environment-friendly manner.
Tata Starbus with automated manual transmission, on a new chassis range: Tata Motors has developed a brand new platform for fully-built buses and chassis. With a choice of 10 chassis platforms (with and without front overhang), the new range can render itself to 33 different seating and comfort – standard, semi-luxury, luxury — configurations of fully-built buses for intra-city, tourist, school, and office transportation in budget, comfort and luxury options. The variant on display is a 27-seater.
The range meets the requirements of the proposed bus body code. The spacious interiors, parabolic leaf-spring suspension with anti-roll bar both at the front and rear, engine-driven air-conditioning and lowest NVH in its class, provide excellent ride and comfort. It can be adapted to both single and double door options and is powered with a new generation Tata 3-litre DICOR BS-IV compliant engine. Power steering, both tilt and telescopic type, and automated manual transmission (6-speed cable shift) make maneuverability easy. Tata Motors will market the bus, both as a fully-built unit and as a chassis for customers to design their own configurations.
Tata Prima range: Tata Motors has ushered in a new era in goods transportation with the Tata Prima range. The 10-to-75 tonne (GCW), 150-to-560 PS portfolio — with options of engines, transmissions (also automatic), axles — in its power, speed, carrying capacity, operating economy and trims, introduces new benchmarks in India and matches the best in the world in performance at a lower lifecycle cost. Besides India, the range has already been introduced in South Korea, where it has won the prestigious Grand Prize of 2009 Good Design Selection of Korea recognising its excellence in design, functionality, quality and safety. Jointly developed by Tata Motors, Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company and the Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc, it deploys the best of inputs and technologies from the best of sources in countries like Italy, Germany, Sweden, the US, Japan and South Korea.
The range, from which a few models are on display, comprise about 10 major variants of tractor-trailers (for long distance transportation), rigid trucks (for short distances), tippers, mixers and cranes (for construction and mining), and special applications (like reefers, bulkers and tip-trailers). The air-conditioned cabs come in different lengths and heights, and are loaded with features like reclining seats, adjustable steering wheels and a host of other attributes, for driver comfort and safety. The range is designed to meet stringent safety norms of the markets that it will be sold in.
LPT 1613 CNG truck: The CNG-powered 1613 truck has been developed both for intra-city and inter-city operations. It has a range of about 450 km with one filling, and offers excellent operating economy. It is ideal for transportation of goods like LPG cylinders, dairy products, cement and fly ash both within and between cities. It can also be adapted for municipal applications.
Xenon CNG: The Xenon CNG, already launched in Thailand, the world’s second largest pickup vehicle market, is yet another testimony to Tata Motors’ commitment to alternate fuel technologies. It is configured as a mono-fuel factory-fitted CNG vehicle, thereby offering the customer distinct advantages, over an aftermarket CNG converted vehicle, like optimal power & torque, better fuel mileage (12 km per kg), smoother ride and higher levels of safety. Its frugal fuel consumption, a payload of over 1 tonne and the largest flat bed in its class (2.5m x 1.72m) makes it an ideal vehicle for carrying varied loads while offering the customer extra savings. It is powered by a 2.1 litre Tata engine churning out 115 hp @ 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm @ 3750 rpm.
Emergency Management Ambulance on new Winger: The new Winger ambulance, specially developed as a concept, is meant for emergency response in critical situations. Equipped with a laptop and V-sat connectivity, it facilitates communication between a hospital and the ambulance for patient management even in transit. The air-conditioned cabin (the AC unit is roof-mounted), with fresh-air ventilation and demisting facility, has a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, oxygen delivery system, IV fluid hooks, cctv, intercom, 12-volt DC plug points, 230-volt AC plug points, external charging ports. It also provides ample internal lighting, including tube lights, spot lights, examination lamp to help patient monitoring. Stretcher types include trolley, scoop, spine board, pedi board, wheel chairs and head racks. A 1,948 cc engine, delivering power of 90 PS and torque of 190 Nm, ensures speedy evacuation, while high-intensity blinkers, external floodlights, beacon light with horn and integrated public announcement system help clear busy roads. The ambulance has been specially created with DC Design, demonstrating the versatility of the Winger.