VE Commercial Vehicles Limited,
a JV of Volvo Group and Eicher Motors Limited have completed
a year of a successful run of its 100 per cent electric buses in Kolkata.
The Eicher Skyline Pro
E buses were deployed with West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development
Corporation (WBHIDCO) has served over 1.6 lakh kilometers carrying 1.3 lakh passengers
These three buses operating
with WBHIDCO, deployed in May 2018 were operational throughout the week,
covering 140 km per day and delivering 98 per cent uptime. The E-
buses ply within the New Town Area to New Town Kolkata Development Authority
(NKDA) bus terminus. KPIT, the service provider has installed charging stations
and a workshop at NKDA and Shapoorji Bus Depot.
buses have advanced safety and comfort. They are powered by REVOLO
technology, which is an innovative platform that operates on a lower
voltage and allows regeneration to have the maximum possible range with the
smallest possible battery.
Eicher has bagged
another order of 40 e-buses to be delivered to BEST, Mumbai in this year. The
company is also actively participating in tenders floated by various State
Transport Undertakings and other government agencies.
Commenting on this
milestone, B Srinivas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Buses,
VE Commercial Vehicles, “The country
is at the cusp of a new revolution in transportation and is moving swiftly
towards electromobility. Our deployment for public transport at Kolkata and its
successful journey is a testimony of our strong resolve towards
environment-friendly mobility solutions. Together with the support
infrastructure, we have been able to achieve great results with WBHIDCO.”
“The shift to electric vehicle technology
will open many avenues for the economy. The new developments with the second
phase of the FAME Scheme are further incentivising the move towards
Electromobility, with a view towards achieving the country’s 2030 EV Vision.
We, too, are aligned with the government and working towards meeting India’s
mobility needs via the electric platform. VECV believes that such projects will
accelerate the progress in India through adaptive mobility solutions and
standard-led globally proven technology. The shift to alternative fuel
technology will also bring positive implications across environment, social and
economic parameters in the long run,” he further added.
Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV) is in operation since July 2008, the company
includes the complete range of Eicher branded trucks and buses, VE Powertrain,
Eicher’s components businesses as well as the sales and distribution business
of Volvo trucks within India.