Force Traveller Monobus – India’s first 33/41 seater monocoque bus unveiled by Force Motors
Force Motors on Wednesday showcased Traveller Monobus – India’s first 33/41 seater monocoque bus, at the ongoing Bus World 2018 in Bengaluru. With monocoque construction, Force Traveller Monobus is claimed to be 800 Kg lighter than other buses in the category and thus offering a best in class Power-to-Weight ratio, superior fuel efficiency & lower NVH level.
Mr. Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors Ltd, said – “Traveller Monobus is a fully in-house effort of our R&D team and I am confident it will set new benchmarks in performance, comfort, reliability, durability and safety. These same qualities have enabled the Traveller to become the acknowledged leader in the 9 and 26-seater minibus category. The monocoque construction is possible due to extensive use of large pressed panels – which are fully designed, tooled and produced in house. Force Motors has applied for a number of patents on this product and process technology.”
This monocoque construction, as against the usual chassis based buses manufactured by other Commercial Vehicle manufacturers, enables the Force Traveller Monobus to be the lightest in the category and a lot of segment first features.
Powering the Force Traveller Monobus is a 3245 cc, Mercedes derived common rail engine that produces 115 HP of enormous power and 350 Nm of maximum torque. And not only a stupendous figure, this max flat torque is spread over a range of 1600-2200 rpm, enabling the driver to cruise through different road conditions without much gear changes.
Force Traveller Monobus will also be available in school bus variants, wherein it will be called as Force Traveller Monobus scholar. The school bus variant will be available in 48 seater and 60 seater seating capacity on 4020 mm wheelbase and 5200 mm wheelbase respectively.
As far as the safety is concerned, Force Traveller Monobus or Force Traveller Monobus Scholar comes equipped with ventilated disc brakes on all wheels. These hydraulic brakes are booster assisted (uni-booster). The new Force Bus also comes with advanced safety features like ABS along with EDTC (Engine Drag Torque Control).
Both Force Traveller Monobus and Force Traveller Monobus Scholar come with a low floor height for easy entry and exit as well as lower center of gravity (which in turn offers better stability). The 2400 mm wider bus body will also go a step further in ensuring best in class shoulder space for better ride comfort of the passengers. And a class leading saloon’s internal height of 1910 mm will be ideal for tall passengers to walk freely in the gangway / aisle space.
Offered in 2 wheelbase options of 4020 mm and 5200 mm, the LPO design (passenger door on the front overhang) of Force Traveller Monobus allows maximum space available for seats in the saloon space and gives the new Force bus a premium look. Tata Starbus Ultra and Eicher Skyline Pro are some top of the line bus models manufactured by Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles division and Eicher Trucks & Buses, with similar LPO design.
The new Force Traveller Monobus body is painted with 6th Generation Cathodic Electro Deposition (C.E.D.) Dip painting technology that provides highest levels of protection against rust and corrosion.
Force Traveller Monobus will go on sale across the country during the upcoming festival season. The pune based commercial vehicles manufacturer, highly admired for their brand ‘Traveller’ in the Tour & Travels segment (also commonly referred to as Force Tempo Traveller) has developed a first of its kind monocoque bus in India, with such high seating capacity. It is to be noted that the present set of Force Traveller, available in different wheelbase options, is also a monocoque van.