Tata Motors fulfills India’s first LNG bus order

Tata Motors had showcased a LNG bus at Auto Expo 2020, which held in February this year

Kerala Transport Minister A K Saseendran at the inauguration of India’s first LNG bus – Tata Starbus LNG
Tata Motors fulfilled the delivery of the country’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered bus order.

Two units of 36-seater Starbus LNG AC models were delivered by Tata Motors to LNG Petronet in Dahej, Gujarat and two units in Kochi, Kerala

Tata Motors has indigenously developed and delivered the LNG buses in the stipulated timeframe.

 Rohit Srivastava, Vice President, Product Line – Buses, Tata Motors, said, “Tata Motors has taken a significant leap forward with a slew of alternate fuel technologies for sustainable mobility solutions and with the delivery of first Starbus LNG bus, we have ushered into a new era of transportation.

The Starbus LNG is the first passenger vehicle with an integrated LNG system developed for the Indian market.

In addition to the model delivered to LNG Petronet, Tata Motors also offers 36-seater Starbus LNG with 2×2 layout (available in AC and non AC options) in the ICV segment, and 40-seater with 2×2 layout and 56-seater with 3×2 layout (available in non AC option) LNG Starbus in the MCV segment.

The fuel carrying capacity of the LNG buses is up to 2.5 times more than the CNG ones, and can operate up to 600-700 kilometres in one tank fill.

LNG buses are lighter in weight thus offer enhanced levels of payload and significantly lower the overall cost of operation. Enhancing passenger comfort, the Starbus LNG offers superior NVH levels. The LNG system operates at lower pressure and evaporates quickly – reducing the chances of fire hazard – hence offering a safe mode of mass transport.