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Tata Motors-ISRO's Starbus fuel cell bus showcased in India

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by GSLV Mk III, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. GSLV Mk III

    GSLV Mk III Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Tata Motors-ISRO's Starbus fuel cell bus showcased in India

    25 Jan 2017

    Tata Motors today showcased the country’s first fuel cell bus in Pune. Based on the model unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo, the fuel cell-powered Starbus will be a zero-emission mode of public transport for intra-city commutes.

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    The company states that the battery-powered electric vehicles have their own limitations such as plug-in charging. In fuel cell-powered vehicles, hydrogen stored in a compressed form is made to combine with oxygen from air to generate electricity. This system only emits water vapour as the final byproduct. The company claims that the lack of external charging combined with the longer driving range makes fuel cells the best alternate to conventional electrics. In addition, the Starbus fuel cell bus comes equipped with idle-off system that shuts down the fuel cell once the motor is sensed to be idling.

    Tata Motors has signed a MoU with ISRO in 2006 for providing technology in producing, storing and handling gaseous and liquid hydrogen. The ISRO team capitalised their years of cryogenic expertise to use liquid hydrogen to power engines. The Tata Motors and ISRO engineering team designed and developed the Fuel Cell Power System (FCPS) for the bus starting from 20KW to 120KW. The Starbus fuel cell bus was first unveiled at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at the ISRO facility in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, in 2013.

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    The other offerings that were showcased today include the Starbus electric, Starbus hybrid and Starbus LNG. The Starbus hybrid comes with new-generation Lithium-ion phosphate batteries (Prismatic Cell) that are charged by the BS-IV compliant diesel motor. Tata Motors claims that the series hybrid technology offers lowest cost of ownership and considerably lower emissions compared to conventional buses. Furthermore, the hybrid bus can run on pure electric mode, for around 30-35 per cent of the total travel distance. The Starbus LNG’s aim is to provide lower carbon emissions and better fuel economy with lower operating costs. The LNG buses will have a claimed range of more than 700km in one tankful.

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    Lastly, the company displayed the 18m-long articulated bus that can carry more than 120 passengers. It offers simultaneous boarding and exit through more and larger doors. The wider doors provide more convenient access for differently abled passengers and the elderly.
     
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    Ripcord322 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Awesome Bus....Any Solid Orders.....!?
    How expensive is it....!?
    If it's very expensive....Then Good luck to Tata for selling it in India....
    Such Buses are actually useless if there are no proper roads and traffic control facilities.....
    A revamp of Public Transport in Major Cities....If they are made better it every way ...There will undoubtedly be increase in the productivity of the city....
    Transport by bus is necessary and serves a crucial role...A role perhaps which can't be filled by other forms every time...

    Anyway from an Engineering Perspective...This is a very cool bus...
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    Just the buses won't cut it....There needs to be supporting Infracture like Proper Roads, Maintenance...Along with traffic control systems...In Mumbai, If you ever witness a Ladies Coach in a Local Train at 5-6 PM....You will be disturbed for weeks....They literally ELBOW each other out of the way...It is so painful to see them go through this..What we see in Mumbai is an utter failure of city planning....The administration wasted Millions on a Monorail...The money would have been well spent on another metro line or better roads....Such buses will help the environment and make PTS look cool but they wont be of any REAL help unless supporting infra is at place..

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    TL;DR : We have lots of great companies that can make state of the art Buses... It's just that the supporting architecture is just not mature enough....
     
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  3. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    You are aware that all of this is because of British Aid?
     
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  4. GSLV Mk III

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    Heck, I've even seen a British guy commenting 'India has so many cars because they don't have to pay taxes thanks to our aid' on a post on Delhi odd-even rule on BBC's facebook page!!! :lol:
     
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    Anyways, talking about UK

     
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    More pics from the facebook group- 'Tata the real automotive king'

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