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The double-decker buses in Mumbai have become an icon and now they return in an electric avatar.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, unveiled Mumbai’s first electric double-decker bus on Thursday. The bus, known as the EiV 22, is manufactured by Switch India, an Ashok Leyland subsidiary. Switch has already received an order from Best for 200 double-decker air-conditioned electric buses. According to the company, the new bus is carbon neutral and was developed, designed, and manufactured in India.
Switch EiV 22 is intended for urban, mobile, and tourist applications. It employs advanced Lithium-ion NMC chemistry, as well as modular battery options. The battery pack has a capacity of 231 kWh and is cooled by liquid. The electric double-decker bus has a range of up to 250 kilometres. The battery pack takes 1.5 to 3 hours to charge. A permanent magnet synchronous AC motor with a peak power output of 320 hp and a continuous power output of 190 hp is available. The maximum torque output is 3,100 Nm.
Suspension duties on the bus are done by Weveller suspension in the front and air suspension at the rear. Braking is handled by discs in the front and drums at the rear.
The electric bus comes with air conditioning, the company says that it would be effective in India’s hot climatic conditions. There are extra wide front and rear doors, two staircases and an emergency door. The double-decker bus also complies with the latest safety standards. The company says that the bus is capable of transporting 65 seated passengers.
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The bus is also compatible with ‘Switch iON’. This enables remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring as well as world-class digital battery management tools. The bus has been specifically designed in such a way that the components are easily accessible. So, the mechanics can easily access inverters, compressors and batteries.
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