Olectra Greentech, a public listed company, launched its first luxury mini electric bus last week. The Made in India, vehicle is zero-emission and the first luxury electric bus to hit the road. It aims at providing luxurious travel to high end commuters while using alternate form of energy.
The 7-metre aesthetically designed air-conditioned luxury coach has a seating capacity of 11 + D (driver), offering highly comfortable rides to the commuters, be in on the smooth roads, patchy roads, hilly terrains or meandering routes. The electric buses are manufactured in a strategic tie-up of the company with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd., the world’s largest electric vehicle company.
The bus with a monocoque chassis offers power up to 180 KW and 1800 Nm torque equipped with Front and Rear Air suspension. The premium recliner leather seats provides extra cushioning to the passengers and makes even a long-distance travel comfortable. It has industry leading safety features and comes with passenger information system, seat belts, short circuit protection, battery over-temperature protection and lightning protection, which makes it one of the safest travel options. It can be driven consistently at maximum speed of 80 KMPH as per the Motor Vehicle Act guidelines.
The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery installed in the bus enables it to travel up to 200 plus kms in a single charge. It also offers the option of regenerative braking which enables the bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. The battery can be fully recharged in between 3-4 hours. The ebuzz K6 LuXe is built as per AIS 052 and UBS-II specification as prescribed by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
While launching the new bus NK Rawal, managing director, Olectra Greentech Ltd. said, “Olectra-BYD has been pioneer in the electric public transport system in India. The new eBuzz K6 LuXe enables us to tap the high- end customers looking for an eco-friendly and comfortable road transport option. We are proud to enable the country to adopt electric mobility much faster and reap the benefits of our eco-friendly Zero emission electric Buses which are also equipped to travel in any kind of terrains as present in the diverse geographies in the country.”
Olectra Greentech has supplied 25 electric buses to HRTC and 6 electric buses to BEST, Mumbai. Recently, Olectra-BYD emerged as the winner for the bids to supply over 200 electric buses to various major STUs.
The buses have completed more than 3,00,000 Kms on Indian roads. They have reduced CO2 emissions up to 320 tonnes till now which would have required 1600 trees instead.
Established in 2000, Olectra Greentech is the largest manufacturer in India for silicone rubber/ composite insulators. The company ventured into manufacturing of electric buses in 2015 under a tie up with BYD Auto Industry.