Switch India launches next generation electric bus platform – SWITCH EiV 12
Chennai, India – 14 June 2022: Switch Mobility Ltd (‘Switch’), the next-generation carbon neutral electric bus and light commercial vehicle company, today launched its state-of-the-art electric bus platform ‘SWITCH EiV 12’ for the Indian market. This next-generation E-Bus, will address the growing bus segment in India. Available in two variants – EiV 12 low floor and EiV 12 standard, these versatile buses offer the best in reliability, range and ride comfort. The company currently has an order book of over 600 buses.
SWITCH EiV 12 features customer-centric offerings on technology and passenger comfort, while being contemporary and futuristic. EiV 12 delivers exceptional drive performance and efficiency, and is embedded with proprietary, connected technology solutions, ‘Switch iON’, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as world-class digital battery management tools. The EV architecture of EiV platform is common with the recently launched European Switch e1 bus.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Switch Mobility Ltd., said, “The launch of our next generation electric bus platform in India is an important milestone for Switch Mobility. Our aspiration is to make electric products more accessible in India, UK, Europe and many Global markets, contributing significantly to the rapidly growing zero carbon mobility. With a strong heritage and proven expertise of the Hinduja group and Ashok Leyland in the commercial vehicle market, we are confident that through more such offerings of electric buses and soon to be launched electric light vehicles, we will accelerate our vision to be at the forefront in this evolving market”.
Mr. Mahesh Babu, Director & CEO – Switch Mobility India, COO – Switch Mobility Ltd, said, “I am pleased to introduce Switch EiV 12 platform in India which is built on the experience of 50 million electric kms globally. The platform has a unique, advanced, global EV architecture to deliver superior efficiency, safety, and reliability. The products on this platform have been designed with cutting-edge technology to deliver delightful customer experience. I strongly believe that Switch iON connected vehicle platform, offers multiple solutions to our fleet operators, to enhance the business value proposition. Our team is working actively to bring out multiple products as part of the Switch electric intelligent vehicle platform in the near future’’.
The Switch EiV range of buses have been uniquely configured to meet customer requirements of varied applications like intra-city, inter-city, staff, school and tarmac, offering maximum passenger capacity and comfort. The buses are also equipped with a new generation of highly efficient, modular batteries with advanced lithium-ion NMC chemistry, specially formulated for the Indian market and climatic conditions. The modular batteries increase the capacity per battery cell for the same weight, enabling higher range of kilometers – up to 300 kms/day with single charge, and up to 500 kms/day with dual gun fast charging. The electric drivetrains and batteries are calibrated to ensure superior efficiency with long battery life, delivering lower total cost of ownership in the market. Maintenance of this ultra-modern E-Bus can be carried out quickly and effortlessly.
Having an uptime of over 98% consistently through the last few years with the current range of Switch EV buses in India, bears testimony to our product performance in terms of reliability. The buses have clocked over 8 million kms in India, saving over 5000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting more than 30,000 trees, thus delivering on key strategic milestones in support of the brand’s mission: to enrich lives through green mobility and deliver cleaner, smarter journeys that are accessible to all. Switch India has a dedicated team of 450 employees and manpower is expected to grow steadily in the next five years.