Tata Motors delivers 35 electric Star buses to Mumbai's BEST

Tata Motors delivered 35 electric AC buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). Till mid-2023, the BEST will procure 1800 electric buses in a phased manner.

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Maharashtra government plans to replace the majority of its fleet of buses with non-polluting vehicles. On 8th August, Tata Motors delivered 35 electric AC buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). Till mid-2023, the BEST will procure 1800 electric buses in a phased manner. The buses will then run across other bus routes in the city. The BEST will procure the buses under the Indian government FAME II initiative, and its delivery part is under BEST by Gross Cost Contract (GCC). 

The electric bus was inducted into the city in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other dignitaries from the Maharashtra government. The electric buses can travel up to 200km with one single charge. Tata Motors is constructing charging stations in bus depots and has already set up the charging stations at Dharavi and Worli bus depots. 

The electric buses have features like Intelligent Transport System, regenerative braking system, telematics system for efficient and smooth operations. The bus can accommodate 59 passengers as they are 12 meters long. The BEST visions are to introduce more electric buses in the future to reduce the tailpipe emissions that will benefit millions of people.