Switch Mobility launches new electric bus

Switch Mobility Ltd., the electric bus and light commercial vehicle manufacturing subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, recently announced the debut of the ‘SWITCH EiV 12’, a state-of-the-art electric bus platform for the Indian market.

Switch Mobility launches new electric bus

This next-generation E-Bus will meet India’s booming bus market, supported by over ten years of EV expertise said the company. Available in two variants: EiV 12 low floor and EiV 12 standard, these electric buses will provide the best-in-class in reliability, range, and comfort. The company also revealed that it has received over 600 orders for its newest electric buses.

Speaking on the launch of the all-new platform and buses, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Switch Mobility Ltd., said, “The launch of our next generation electric bus platform in India is an important milestone for Switch Mobility. Our aspiration is to make electric products more accessible in India, UK, Europe and many more Global markets, thereby contributing significantly to the rapidly growing zero carbon mobility sector. With a strong lineage and proven expertise of Hinduja group and Ashok Leyland, in the commercial vehicle market, we are confident that through more such offerings of electric buses and soon to be launched electric light vehicles, we will accelerate our vision to be at the forefront in this evolving market”.

Meanwhile, Mahesh Babu, Director & CEO – Switch Mobility India, COO – Switch Mobility Ltd, said, “I am pleased to introduce Switch EiV 12 platform in India which is built on the experience of 50 million electric kms globally. The platform has a unique, advanced, global EV architecture to deliver superior efficiency, safety, and reliability. The products on this platform have been designed with cutting-edge technology to deliver delightful customer experience. I strongly believe that Switch iON connected vehicle platform, offers multiple solutions to our fleet operators, to enhance the business value proposition. Our team is working actively to bring out multiple products as part of the Switch electric intelligent vehicle platform in the near future’’.

According to the company, the EiV bus series has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of customers in a variety of applications, including intra-city, inter-city, staff, school, and tarmac, while providing optimum passenger capacity and comfort. The buses also use a new generation of extremely efficient, modular batteries with superior lithium-ion NMC chemistry, which have been carefully developed for the Indian market and climate.

The modular batteries enhance the capacity per battery cell for the same weight, allowing for longer ranges – up to 300 kilometres per day on a single charge and up to 500 kilometres per day with twin gun fast charging. The electric drivetrains and batteries have been optimised to provide high efficiency and long battery life, resulting in a cheaper total cost of ownership. The upkeep of this ultra-modern E-Bus will be equally quick and effortless, said the company.

The existing line of Switch EV buses in India has a steady uptime of over 98 per cent over the previous few years. Over their period of operation in the country, the buses have driven over 8 million kilometres, saving over 5000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of planting over 30,000 trees. Currently, Switch India employs 450 people, with a headcount forecast to increase by more than 30% in the next five years.