Delhi becomes 1st city to introduce CNG-electric hybrid bus

This is the first time in India that hybrid buses will be used for public transportation.

New Delhi: The national capital today became
the first city in the country to introduce environment
friendly low-floor CNG-electric hybrid buses having almost
zero pollution level.

"It is a defining moment for all of us," Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit said, flagging off the buses at a function.

She said the introduction of hybrid buses will go a long
way in the government`s endeavour to overcome pollution in the

Manufactured by auto major Tata Motors, the hybrid bus
offers substantial improvement in fuel economy compared to a
conventional vehicle.

Currently a fleet of four such buses, each costing Rs 1.5
crore, will be introduced in the Delhi Transport Corporation`s
bus fleet.

A hybrid electric bus combines a conventional internal
combustion engine propulsion system with an electric
propulsion system.

As a result, the usage of CNG-electric technology leads to
lower emissions, thereby contributing to cleaner air and a
greener, more environment-friendly commercial passenger
transportation application, said a Tata Motors official.

Meant for intra-city transportation, the Hybrid Tata
Starbus is powered with a parallel hybrid engine comprising an
internal combustion CNG engine and an electric motor using
regenerative energy storage system, said a Tata Motors

The low-floor air-conditioned bus can seat 32 passengers
and can also accommodate wheel chairs.

"The CNG-electric hybrid Tata Starbus is a result of Tata
Motors` advances in alternative fuel technologies, including
electric vehicles," said P M Telang, Managing Director of Tata
Motors` India Operations.