Ashok Leyland’s electric arm, Switch Mobility will supply and operate 300, 12-metre electric buses for Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). This announcement follows the company's plans for supplying 40 electric buses to Chandigarh City Bus Services Society.
The fleet and charging infrastructure will be supplied, operated and maintained by Switch for 12-years on a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) Model under the FAME II Scheme. The low-noise buses are expected to reduce fuel consumption by around 5.5 million litres annually, leading to a reduction in carbon emissions by more than 14,500 tonnes per year alongside cost savings for BMTC. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility said “All Switch vehicles are zero emission, but we set the bar much higher, aiming for net zero carbon across all of our operations.”
This contract further reinforces the company’s vision to be a global technology leader, providing net zero carbon commercial mobility products and solutions that create outstanding value for all stake holders. Mahesh Babu, COO of Switch Mobility and CEO of Switch Mobility, India, added that “Through the deployment of 300 of our zero tail-pipe emission electric buses, Switch will play a central role in reducing carbon in the city of Bengaluru. The cost of ownership and the product experience that we can deliver and our ability to bring value to customers like BMTC will help us to serve many more such customers in the future.”