ASHOK LEYLAND IS PLANNING TO INCREASE EV BUSES MARKET IN INDIA
By Rohit Kr. Patra | TNI Network
Date: Aug 18 , 2017
MUMBAI: One of the largest truckmaker Ashok Leyland is now planning to increase EV buses market in India.The company is investing in a totally new Bus architecture which includes Europian technology and battery swapping technology.The very first vehicle from this segment is likely to be delivered in next year.
The total project is encouraged by the government push to less-polluting mass mobility systems. Company has budgeted Rs 120 crore to develop almost half a dozen electric solutions in Chennai.The power ministry is expecting to put 18,000-20,000 of such buses on Indian roads by the end of this decade.
Senior vice president of Ashok Leyland’s global buses division T. Venkataraman has said that the company is looking at various options, right from bringing in submissive batteries onto the bus, cursory charging solutions and battery swapping to address the range and cost issues.
The adoption of electric and hybrid buses is very slow in India, just because of the cost factor. The average cost of hybrid or electric buses is 3-4 times higher than diesel buses.
Venkataraman said ,“The entire emphasis is to see how we make the electric bus acquisition cheaper, almost anybody and everybody is talking about battery nowadays, and there are a few things in common.”