India’s first indigenously developed electric bus is here! On an occasion on Friday, the electric bus was displayed to Nitin Gadkari who is the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India. It is the EKA E9. And it is the foremost electric bus with the “Made-in-India” tag.
EKA held a conference with Pinnacle Industries Ltd’s Chairman Sudhir Mehta. And they treated Gadkari to the first glance of the electric bus that produces zero emissions. The EKA E9 is the organisation’s first battery-electric bus. The prepared bus comes with a monocoque stainless steel chassis and has a thorough compound design.
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The E9’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a lot less than the present generation of buses. Which are combustion engine-powered (ICE) and are abundantly on Indian streets. It has both front and rear air suspension. The E9 electric bus is powered by an electric motor that supplies ultimate energy of 200 KW. It is also endorsed by a 2500 Nm torque with a “regenerative braking system.”
The bus has a low floor, at a height of 650 mm. This makes it easier for all to use the bus. Especially to those who are specially challenged and the aged. It also has a wheelchair ramp to help those who require it. In one attempt, the E9 electric bus can carry up to 31 passengers. Sudhir Mehta, at the launch of E9 last month, cast the EKA E9 as “clean, efficient, and [a] profitable public transport”. Especially for markets like India that are beginning to welcome cleaner energy and electric vehicles.