Tata Motors completes over 1 Billion DTC kilometers
Monday, September 08, 2015 – Tata Motors, among the top 10 truck & bus manufacturers’ globally, today announced completion of over 100 crore / 1 billion kilometers with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) in 7 years – one of the largest CNG-powered bus service operators in the world. With 2682 buses, including low and semi-floor A/C and Non A/C variants, Tata Motors DTC buses operate from 22 bus depots spread across New Delhi, ferrying over 30 lakh passengers, covering approximately 4.70 lakh kilometers daily, with a fleet availability of 96%, a world record in itself.
As the most popular means of public transport for intra-city travel, DTC buses have been catering to nearly 50% of the Delhi’s total commuter requirements, of which Tata Motors DTC buses have completed 100,71,27,708 kilometers, as of August 15, 2015. In 2007, the Government of Delhi placed an order with Tata Motors to maintain 650 buses, winning another order to supply 2032 buses to DTC.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. said, “It is very gratifying to have competed over a billion DTC kilometers, a true testament to the durability and quality built into every Tata bus. This has been backed by our strong and dedicated team of employees, with excellent exposure in fleet management, delivering 24x7 services, ensuring bus services for commuters every day for the last 7 years. As a leading partner to State Transportation units, we at Tata Motors will continue to work with them in providing the right product and service solutions, enabling them to create and maintain a sustainable public transportation systems for SMART CITIES, with continuous improvements backed by technology. We would like to extend our gratitude to DTC and the commuters of Delhi, and look forward to completing many more such milestones in the years to come.”
Shri C. R. Garg, Managing Director, Delhi Transport Corporation said “We at the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have always worked towards developing an efficient public transport system for the city. The completion of 1 billion kilometers in seven years by Tata Motors buses operating under DTC, is indeed a remarkable accomplishment and we wish to extend our appreciation to the company on attaining this milestone. Tata Motors’ buses have served the citizens of New Delhi well, providing the city with a range of buses of superior quality, ensuring smooth and comfortable transit for all. DTC’s association with Tata Motors has been fruitful and we hope to continue this partnership in the years to come.”
Tata Motors is the country’s largest bus manufacturer with the most complete range of transit vehicles that meet day-to-day needs of commuters. The company has continued to be a leader in this segment not just by setting technological benchmarks, but by adapting innovations effectively to suit Indian travel conditions. Tata Motors has also developed a wide variety of buses and coaches that cater to the entire gamut of buses - from luxurious inter-city travel options, to safe transport choices for school going children.
Tata Motors fleet management services have been well appreciated. In order to provide a safe, reliable and tidy bus service, Tata Motors has a wide network of maintenance teams, comprising of over 3,500 employees. Since 2007, these employees year-after-year, have ensured availability of more than 96% of Tata Motors bus fleet. Recently six DTC depots operated by Tata Motors, were recognised among the top 10 depot in Delhi, by the Chief Minister of Delhi.
Various organizations source Tata Motors’ buses from DTC, for significant ceremonies such as Independence Day, Republic Day and the Auto Expo. Tata Motors buses were also used to ferry national and international athletes, media and dignitaries during the 2010 Common Wealth Games. This year Tata Motors buses were used during the visit of the President of the United States of America.
Tata Motors has also developed Electric Hybrid buses and Articulated buses to meet the future transport needs for ’Envisaged Smart Cities’ and has ambitious plans for Hybrid Buses in Parallel & Series mode. Series CNG Hybrid buses are already in operation in Madrid, Spain and have together covered more than 4 Lakh kms. During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Tata Motors introduced four new CNG-Electric Hybrid Buses, a result of Tata Motors’ advances in alternate fuel technologies, including electric vehicles. This was the first time in the history of the Indian automobile industry, that hybrid buses were used for public transportation. Tata Motors has also developed a Diesel-Hybrid Electric bus for future SMART CITIES.
Besides its partnership with ACGL of Goa, Tata Motors also has a joint venture with Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil, one of the largest bus body manufactures in the world, for fully-built bus (FBV) solutions, with greater average speeds, safety and comfort, for a ‘Metro like feel’. Tata Marcopolo’s approach of manufacturing FBVs, meets the government’s new norms of bus body building, as per AIS norms (Automotive Industry Standards), in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, wider bus gangways, with the flexibility to be powered by both CNG and Diesel. With a whole range of coach designs, e.g. microbus, intercity and touring coach, Tata Motors is able to actively participate in the development and implementation of solutions for mass passenger transport in the worlds’ main markets.