Buses are getting smarter—and greener—in anticipation of smart cities. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s proposal to create 100 smart cities has prompted commercial vehicle manufacturers to line up buses and vans of the likes that have never been seen in India. Expected to hit Indian roads soon are an articulated bus and two low-floor hybrid buses from Tata Motors Ltd, the electric bus Optare Versa from Ashok Leyland Ltd, and Toyota Motor Corp.’s 10-seater van HiAce. Articulated buses, also known as banana buses or bendy buses, have two single-deck compartments that are linked by a pivoting joint. Commonly used all over Europe, they allow operators to carry more passengers.
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