Ashok Leyland, flagship of Hinduja Group, and ABB Power Products and
Systems India Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the
public e-mobility space, to expand the eco-system for efficient and greener
electric bus transportation systems in India.
This MoU outlines a partnership to develop a pilot electric bus based on
ABB’s innovative flash-charge technology, TOSA, which tops up the battery in
just seconds while passengers get on and off the bus. This avoids the need to
take the vehicle out of service for recharging every few hours or having a
replacement bus ready, thus minimizing the size of the fleet while increasing
passenger carrying capacity.
N Venu, Managing Director, ABB Power Products and
Systems India Ltd., said, “We are pushing the boundaries of e-mobility with our flash-charging
technology TOSA for buses to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and sustainable
future. The aim is to provide a zero local emission mass public transportation
bus system with high passenger capacity. We are pleased to be working with
Ashok Leyland in advancing responsible urban mobility.”
The Indian Government is promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs), in
some cases planning on mandating it, to reach 30 per cent penetration of
EVs by 2030. For operators, the switch to electric is a big ask. Their primary
challenge with battery-operated buses is to maximise passenger load carrying
capacity and running time to make the whole operation economically viable as
well as sustainable for the future.
To solve this problem, Ashok Leyland will develop and manufacture electric
buses with ABB’s TOSA flash-charging technology along with operational support
Dr N Saravanan, Chief Technology Officer, Ashok
Leyland, said, “Ashok Leyland has always been at the forefront of innovation and
indigenous technology, providing class-leading vehicles that have met and
exceeded customer expectations. In this journey, to stay competitive in our
Domestic and Global markets, we are joining hands with ABB to use their
world-renowned TOSA technology on our e-buses to take forward our vision of
expanding in the EV space. This solution of the flash charge technology (TOSA)
which enables charging the battery in seconds, is another example of us
delivering on our brand promise of ‘Aapki Jeet. Hamari Jeet’.”
TOSA is the world’s fastest flash-charging connection technology that lets
cities reduce the environmental pollution of their transit systems without
affecting passenger capacity or journey times. At selected passenger stops, its
system connects the bus to the charging infrastructure, and in a mere 15
seconds the batteries are charged with a 600-kilowatt power boost. An additional
few minutes charge at the final terminal enables a full recharge without
interrupting the bus schedule.
TOSA fast-charging can save as much as 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide on a
line covering 600,000 kilometers per year. It also offers operating cost savings
of 30 percent compared to an equivalent diesel-transit system. ABB is also
providing its ABB Ability™ Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software solution
for asset optimization, as well as its ABB Ability Network Manager Supervisory
Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the power
network for charging stations and e-buses. On its part, AL will be providing
vehicle, energy and EV related technical information using its iAlert Platform.
This will further optimize maintenance processes, enable a fast response to
fault incidents and better predict maintenance and performance needs. The
overall solutions are equipped with remote access and 'cloud' capabilities and
is scalable to meet future needs.
ABB Power Grids’ business in India is responsible for planning, design,
engineering installation and commissioning of the TOSA charging system under
the MoU. Ashok Leyland will have the scope of manufacturing and supplying
electrics buses compatible with TOSA technology.