A new brand of electric buses will soon hit Indian roads. EKA Mobility, the electric commercial vehicle manufacturing arm of Pinnacle Industries Limited, has won a tender to deliver 310 EKA9 electric buses to three states in the coming days. The electric buses are part of a larger tender for 6,465 vehicles under the first phase of the National Electric Bus Scheme by Convergence Energy Services Limited, a subsidiary of state-owned EESL.
EKA Mobility’s 310 electric buses will be deployed in three states including Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala. The buses will be used for intra-city operations to promote cleaner public transportation in these states. EKA’s electric buses will be deployed for 12 years and are expected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 140,000 tons. Sudhir Mehta, Founder and Chairman, EKA, Pinnacle Mobility Solutions, said, “This order is a testament to the fact that design and manufacture in India is now a reality and a viable alternative to Chinese products that are about to enter the Indian market .market.”
The EKA9 electric bus can accommodate up to 32 passengers in a 2×2 setup. It offers plenty of legroom and can also accommodate wheelchairs for passengers with special abilities. The electric bus is equipped with features such as autonomous driving, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering, and an ergonomically designed center console. It also supplies company-installed air conditioners, mist eliminators and bacterial filtration systems.
The EKA9 also offers a variety of safety features, which also include ADAS, cameras and emergency stop buttons. The EKA9 electric bus is equipped with other safety features such as EBS and ventilated disc brakes on all wheels.
The electric bus is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with an output of 200 kW and a maximum torque of 2500 Nm. It also offers regenerative braking to optimize battery usage, supporting fast charging. The EKA9 offers a range of up to 200 kilometers on a single charge. It has a top speed of 80 km/h.
EKA Mobility has also developed a 9-meter-long hydrogen-fueled bus. It has been designed and optimized for Indian road conditions, the company said.
First published date: Feb 15, 2023 at 17:37 PM CST