Pune, India- based Force Motors has launched the country’s only 33/41 seater Monocoque Bus -Traveller-MONOBUS- at the Bus World 2018 Exhibition in Bangalore. Traveller-MONOBUS is powered by the 115 HP / 350 Nm, Mercedes derived, 3.2 litres, Common Rail engine. It offers peak torque of 350Nm from 1600 to 2200 rpm, the high low-end torque ensures a smooth ride even at low speeds. Traveller-MONOBUS has best-in-class power to weight ratio and is almost 800 kg lighter than comparable models, offers unmatched fuel efficiency.
“The 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. 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,” said Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors.
The advanced 5-speed synchromesh gearbox with double cone synchroniser rings offers low friction and smooth transmission. The special clutch lining is designed for frequent start-stops common in short distance tour and bus operations.
Traveller-MONOBUS is the only 33/41 seater with monocoque construction offering outstanding structural strength and unmatched durability. Traveller-MONOBUS is also the only vehicle in its class to adopt the sixth Generation Cathodic Electro Deposition (C.E.D) Dip painting process for the whole body, for primer application thus offering the highest levels of rust protection and corrosion resistance.
With very low floor height for easy entry and exit, lowest centre of gravity for superb ride stability, lowest NVH levels, smallest turning radius, the Traveller-MONOBUS offers unmatched ride quality and seating comfort, with its 2.35m wide body interiors, a wide gangway, full standing height and ample leg room.
The Traveller-MONOBUS is fully tooled up and designed by the R&D team in Force Motors, it is entirely made of pressed steel panels welded in an automated and robotic environment.