The global partnership between
the Hinduja group flagship, Ashok Leyland and Sun Mobility, announced in July
2017, took wings at the Auto Expo 2018 when bus and truck maker Ashok Leyland
unveiled its first electric bus – Circuit-S – powered by Sun Mobility’s
swappable smart battery.
In a move that is
transformational for the mass transportation system in India, the Circuit- S,
India’s first swap battery bus which is designed for Indian conditions with
seating capacity ranging from 25 - 35 seats, runs on easily swappable, smart
batteries that are small and 1/4th the weight of a regular Li-ion battery. In a
first of its kind demonstration, Ashok Leyland and Sun Mobility showcased the “refuelling/swapping”
of its electric bus in under 4 minutes, which is faster than conventional refuelling
along with the swapping of bus drivers and conductors at a depot. This
solution, thereby, addresses issues of convenience and quick recharging options
that have long been stumbling blocks for the acceptance and viability of
electric vehicles for public transportation.
Present at the unveiling were Vinod
K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland and Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and
Vice Chairman, Sun Mobility
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