After two-, three-
and four-wheelers, electrification of the mass transit segment is now taking
off. Work on two projects, of nearly Rs 50 billion in greenfield electric
bus-manufacturing projects, has started in Pune.
minister of tourism and environment, Maharashtra, was in Talegaon, Pune on
Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of Causis E-Mobility’s plant in India.
London-based Causis E-Mobility will be making make electric buses at the EV
plant on a 75-acre facility. Causis is investing Rs 28 billion in the EV plant.
Work on the plant
started with target to roll out buses in the first week of November 1, 2022.
Capacity would be around 1,000 units. Causis will start with three
variants, the 9-, 11- and 12-metre buses, with a range of 250-300 km. A
battery-manufacturing facility is also in the pipeline and is expected in the
Mobility Solutions, the electric vehicle company promoted by Pinnacle
Industries, has been working on the electric bus project for the last three
years. Pinnacle Mobility’s Rs 20 billion electric vehicle project was recently
approved under the government’s automotive PLI scheme. Sudhir Mehta, chairman,
Pinnacle Mobility, said their bus designed and engineered in Pune was ready and
had gone to Automotive Research Association of India for homologation. The
first of the products would be a city bus and coaches and four-wheel vehicles
for last-mile mobility. The buses would initially target the company staff
Manufacturing at Pinnacle would be split between Pune and Pithampur in Madhya
Pradesh. But it will not be limited to these locations as Mehta plans to create
smaller assembly plants across multiple locations in the country and not build
one mega plant. They could also work with state transport undertakings that had
manufacturing facilities and were looking at building electric buses, Mehta
Source: Express mobility