Olectra Greentech (formerly Goldstone Infratech) in a strategic tie-up with BYD Auto Industry has announced that its eBuzz K9 electric buses have been put under commercial operations for Telangana state road transport corporation (TSRTC). The first five units of the zero-emission electric buses have been flagged off today. These buses are part of a contract for the deployment of forty AC electric buses which TSRTC has awarded on gross cost contract basis to Olectra-BYD.
The Department of Heavy Industry, under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME-I) scheme, has provided a subsidy of Rs 1 crore for each bus to the Telangana State.
Currently, the 12-meter air-conditioned low floor buses having a capacity of 39+1 (Driver) seats will ply from different locations in the city to the Hyderabad international airport. Supported by kneeling mechanism, these buses claim to provide convenience to specially-abled and senior citizens while boarding or getting down from the bus.
The company claims that the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery in the bus can enable it to travel up to 250 plus km in a single charge. It also has a regenerative braking system which enables the bus to recover a part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. The battery is claimed to fully charge in between 4-5 hours. It has electronically controlled air suspension to ensure a comfortable travel. To address the safety requirements, the company claims that the bus offers protection from short circuit, over temperature function and lightning.
While announcing the deployment of the buses, N Naga Satyam, executive director – Olectra Greentech said, “Olectra-BYD is doing its bit to reduce the increasing pollution levels. Our buses plying under TSRTC are yet another step in the same direction and we are sure to repeat the success of our electric buses in other states. We are delighted to now offer our state-of-the-art electric buses of international standard to the people of Telangana.”
The buses are manufactured at Olectra Greentech's manufacturing facility near Hyderabad. The company claims to have delivered 25 buses in Himachal Pradesh, six buses in Maharashtra (Mumbai) and five in Telangana.
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