Switch Mobility unveils new electric bus for European market

The Switch e1 combines a lightweight monocoque construction with advanced NMC battery technology.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 07 Jun 2022 Views icon21006 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Switch Mobility unveiled the new fourth generation Switch e1 bus, a fully electric bus tailored for the European market. The Switch e1 combines a lightweight monocoque construction with advanced NMC battery technology.

With a 389kWh battery capacity and ZF hub motors, it is possible to fast charge the Switch e1 in under 3 hours and A/C charging in 7 hours. The Switch e1 also benefits from the company’s key technology including iAlert, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as the digital battery management tools.

The vehicle is adaptable and boasts a flexible seating layout which has been engineered to enable easy ingress and egress. With capacity for up to 93 passengers – including up to 30 seated, passengers will ride in a contemporary and open interior design electric bus. There are reading lights, under seat lights, USB ports and a wide-screen monitor including a ‘next five stops’ feature and information on nearby local public transport.

The interior layout and ultra-low floor throughout improve wheelchair access which is available through both the front and middle doors, a unique feature within this segment. Passengers and drivers can also enjoy the double skin heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts, directing airflow towards the occupants, reducing wastage and increasing efficiency.

The vehicle also has the latest driver aids and safety features integrated including Electronic Stability Control and the Electronic Braking System whilst blind spot monitoring, collision detection and lane departure warning will maximise safety.

Speaking on the occasion, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility, said:  Switch is dedicated to the development of new electric buses and light vehicles for multiple geographies and price points including, Europe, UK, India and elsewhere that will be launched over the next few months.”

Andy Palmer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility added, “The Switch e1 is the result of learning from the 30 million electric miles our buses have covered, delivering a state-of-the-art transport solution designed with a customer first mindset. Switch continues to enable cities to meet net zero targets, allow operators to maximise efficiency whilst minimising costs and ensure drivers and passengers experience unrivalled comfort."

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