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EKA, An Electric Vehicle Manufacturer, Has Unveiled Its First E-Bus, The E9, In India

TNI || New Delhi || 4th April 2022

On April 2, EKA, a commercial electric vehicle maker and a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries, unveiled the E9, a new electric bus.

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The e-bus was presented at the Pune Alternate Fuel Conclave (AFC) by Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s Minister for Tourism and Environment, alongside Chairman of EKA and Pinnacle Industries Limited, Sudhir Mehta.

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As per the manufacturer, the EKA E9 is driven by a 200 KW electric motor that provides faster acceleration, more horsepower, and better traction power, as well as 17 percent gradeability to conquer any topography and has a regenerative braking system.

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The electrification of commercial vehicles, public transportation, and, most importantly, the bus industry is key to India’s decarbonization strategy.

The first electric bus, the EKA E9, has been unveiled to assist cities in achieving their zero-emissions targets, Mehta said.

He added that with the new EKA E9, they have established a global platform for clean, efficient, and profitable public transportation to meet the growing needs of potential markets that are ready to make the switch to electric mobility.

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The conclave is a Maharashtra government project, organised by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in conjunction with the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA).

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EKA claims that its first battery-electric bus has a highly simplified vehicle design, increased power and range, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered buses, ensuring sustainability and profitability for all stakeholders.