Leyland’s electric vehicle arm, Switch Mobility Ltd (‘Switch’), the
next-generation, carbon neutral electric bus and light commercial vehicle
company, has unveiled India’s first and unique electric double-decker
air-conditioned bus - Switch EiV 22. Switch India has already secured an order
of 200 electric double decker buses in Mumbai.
developed and manufactured in India and utilising Switch’s global electric bus
experience, Switch EiV 22 is equipped with the latest technology, ultra-modern
design, highest safety and best-in-class comfort features. The renewed iconic
double decker bus is designed to revolutionise public transportation in the
country and will set new standards in the intra-city bus market.
Switch EiV 22 is a significant achievement in terms of packaging, making it the
world's first - standard floor, air conditioned, electric double decker with
wider door on rear overhang and a rear staircase. The double decker has a
lightweight aluminium body construction, which offers higher passenger to
weight ratio and a competitive cost per km, per passenger.
electric double-decker was unveiled in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister
of Road Transport and Highways of India, Ashok Hinduja, Chairman – Hinduja
Group of Companies, Mahesh Babu, CEO – Switch Mobility India, COO – Switch
Mobility Ltd, besides several government and company officials.
Switch electric double-decker can ferry nearly twice the number of seated
passengers as a comparable single decker bus with just 18% increase in kerb
weight. The architecture of the double decker uses a 650 V system - the same
platform as Switch EiV 12, launched in June 2022, which is also common with
contemporary styling and feel-good interiors and exteriors, the double decker
boasts of wide front and rear doors, two staircases and an emergency door
complying with the latest safety standards. The AC offers effective cooling in
India’s hot climatic conditions, while the optimized seating for 65 passengers
is the maximum number of seats to be offered in the given footprint. Each seat
has a lightweight cushion and the interiors come with car like comfort for
passenger convenience. This state-of-the-art electric double decker serves as
an ideal solution for urban commuting, as they occupy less road, terminal and depot
floor space per seated passenger.
Switch EiV 22 is a 231 kWh capacity, 2-string, liquid cooled, higher density
NMC chemistry battery pack with dual gun charging system. This enables the
electric double decker to have a range up to 250 kms for intra city
applications. The bus components are manufactured in India which will enable to
achieve FAME II compliance.
Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, said, “There is a
need to transform the country’s transport system from a long-term perspective.
With focus on reforming urban transport, we are trying to build a low footprint
and high passenger density integrated EV mobility ecosystem. Government’s
vision and policies are supportive towards EV adoption with growing consumer
demand for greener solutions. I would like to congratulate Switch Mobility,
subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, for being the one to revive the double decker and
remain committed to introducing new technologies for the benefit of passengers
and society, at large.”
Hinduja noted that, “Launching the Switch EiV 22 in Mumbai today is a proud
moment for the Hinduja Group. The Group has a clear vision to support economies
in delivering their net zero objectives through renewable energy, finance and
zero emission transportation. We are confident that our new zero emission
double-decker bus will deliver a cleaner and more sustainable future,
reinforcing our commitment for India and the globe.”
about the brand’s entry into the EV double decker space for the Indian market,
Mahesh Babu, CEO – Switch Mobility India, COO – Switch Mobility Ltd, said, “We
are pleased to unveil the Switch EiV 22, India’s first and unique electric
double decker. We have strived to meet multiple challenges to fulfil new age
customer requirements, while retaining the iconic double decker lineage. The
Switch EiV 22 is designed and developed to meet Indian conditions, while at the
same time provide superior customer comfort and delight. Mumbai and double
deckers are synonymous with public transport, and we are certain that Switch
EiV 22 will not only bring back fond memories for Mumbaikars, but will
transform the public transport space in terms of sustainability and footprint
which is the need of the hour in India”.
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