Telangana launches first ‘Make in India’ electric buses

Olectra-BYD, leading player in Electric Public Transport System, on Wednesday flagged off its eBuzz K9 Electric Buses for commercial operations on Telangana roads.

The first ‘Make-in-India’ zero-emission electric buses were deployed by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation. Around 40 buses of eBuzz K 9 model were running on airport roads in Telangana.

The Department of Heavy Industry, under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME-I) scheme, has provided a subsidy of Rs one crore for each bus to Telangana.

The 12-Meter Air-Conditioned low floor buses, having a capacity of 39+1 (driver) seats, will ply from different locations in the city to the Hyderabad International Airport. Supported by Kneeling Mechanism, these buses provide convenience to specially-abled and senior citizens, while boarding or getting down from the bus.

The lithium-ion (Li-ion) Battery installed in the bus, enables it to travel up to 250 plus km, in a single charge. It also has regenerative braking system, which enables the bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking.

The battery can be fully recharged in between 4-5 hours. It has electronically-controlled air suspension to ensure a comfortable travel. To address the Safety requirements, eBuzz K 9 is equipped to offer protection from Short circuit, Over temperature function and Lightening.

Apart from this, the 12-meter variant, eBuzz K9 has successfully completed its trials in Bangalore, Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa and Rajkot. Olectra’s eBuzz K6 was the first ‘Make in India’ Electric Bus, which was exported to Nepal in June, 2018.

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