Tata Motors completes delivery of India’s first LNG bus order

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 02 Mar 2020

Kerala's Minister of Transport, AK Saseendran at the inauguration ceremony of India's first LNG bus - Tata Starbus LNG

Tata Motors has completed delivery of the country’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered bus order. Two units of 36-seater Starbus LNG AC models were delivered to LNG Petronet in Dahej, Gujarat and two units in Kochi, Kerala. First showcased at the Auto Expo held last month, this LNG bus reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in comparison to conventional fuel.

Engineered and indigenously developed by Tata Motors, the Starbus LNG is the first passenger vehicle with an integrated LNG system developed for the Indian market. Apart from the model delivered to LNG Petronet, Tata Motors also offers 36-seater Starbus LNG with 2x2 layout (available in AC and non AC options) in the ICV segment, and 40-seater with 2x2 layout and 56-seater with 3x2 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.

The Starbus LNG offers a value advantage by providing a clean, safe, affordable and comfortable mode of mass transport. Speaking on the occasion, 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. We are proud to work with LNG Petronet Limited in an effort towards creating a lower-carbon future. Our in-depth understanding of sustainable public transport, while developing reliable and environment-friendly public transit options, has led us to excel in this competitive industry. With the LNG technology, Tata Motors is not only optimistic and future-ready but is also extending that capability towards the energy security of the nation.”

The conclusion of the order and country’s first LNG bus project was celebrated with an event held recently at the Kochi LNG terminal and graced by Kerala’s transport minister, AK Saseendran along with dignitaries from Tata Motors and Petronet LNG. 

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.