KPIT Technologies’ Revolo electrification tech for buses wins innovation award

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 20 May 2016

L-R: Kishor Patil, co-founder, MD & CEO, KPIT; K L Thapar, founder & chairman, Asian Institute of Transport Development; and José Viegas, ITF Secretary-General.

KPIT Technologies has received the 'Promising Transport Innovation Award' at the International Transport Forum (ITF) 2016 Summit in Leipzig, Germany. It won the award for its 'Revolo' technology that enables clean urban mobility.

The ITF Promising Transport Innovation Award recognises innovations that have the potential to significantly improve the quality, performance, user experience, accessibility, sustainability or inter-modality of the transport.

It is instituted by ITF, an inter-governmental organization which acts as a think tank for transport policy with 57 member nations. ITF is administratively integrated entity of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a unique forum where the governments of 34 countries with market economies work with each other, as well as with more than 70 non-member economies to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development.

Commenting on the award, Kishor Patil, co-founder, MD and CEO, KPIT, said: “We are honoured to receive this recognition from the International Transport Forum. It firmly establishes our commitment to create sustainable technologies that have a positive impact on our environment and are socially inclusive as well. Our smart electric system for buses is a pollution-free and affordable solution which can be deployed at a very large scale.”

The award ceremony took place at ITF 2016, in the presence of ministers from 57 member countries of the ITF. The theme of the event was ‘Green and Inclusive Transport.’ The award was presented to Kishor Patil by KL Thapar, founder and chairman, Asian Institute of Transport Development and José Viegas, ITF Secretary-General.

According to KPIT, Revolo is a versatile system designed to work across different bus formats. The key components of the system are lithium ion batteries, electric motors, a power transmission unit and smart electronic control units. The smart electric buses have multiple features like intelligent transport systems, mobile phone app for journey planning and ticketing and wi-fi Infotainment. KPIT is currently working with multiple bus manufacturers and partners in India, South East Asia, Africa and South America to bring this technology to market.

The company’s first Revolo-equipped electric bus was flagged off by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in December 2015. Two such eco-friendly buses are currently operating at the Indian Parliament for its members to experience green and intelligent technology.


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