Hitachi ABB Power Grids teams up with Ashok Leyland in e-bus pilot

Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India, listed on the stock exchanges as ‘ABB Power Products and Systems India Ltd.’, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ashok Leyland and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) for an e-mobility pilot. The triumvirate will run an electrical bus (e-bus) pilot for in-campus commuting by IITM’s college students and employees.

The e-bus, which can incorporate Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ modern flash-charging know-how – Grid-eMotionTM Flash, will probably be supplied by Ashok Leyland. IITM will host the infrastructure required to function the flash-charging system for the e-bus.

“We have to have all arms on deck – business, academia and policymakers to develop a robust and dependable native ecosystem to assist the Indian electrical automobile (EV) revolution,” stated N Venu, managing director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India.

He added, “With policy levers in place, this partnership – engaging some of the finest industry and academic minds in India – creates a truly sustainable framework for e-mobility.” This know-how is localised for the Indian market.

“As pioneers in the bus segment, we are proud to partner on yet another innovative solution in the e-bus segment. Combination of our robust buses with electric propulsion technology and flash charging from Hitachi ABB Power Grids, can be the answer to the need for sustainable public transportation across the country,” stated N Saravanan, chief know-how officer, Ashok Leyland. “This latest alliance will further help us stay at the forefront of embedding innovative and indigenous technologies to nurture the smart e-mobility ecosystem in India,” he stated.

The improvement of India’s e-mobility charging infrastructure and elevated deployment of e-buses is vital to assembly the demand for sustainable transport options throughout India’s rural and concrete areas, stated Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras. “We hope to study and understand how the right technology can enable an efficient transport system without damaging the environment. We are delighted to have partnered with the best in the industry for this endeavor,” he added.

Smart e-mobility is at a nascent stage in India. While the federal government is striving to scale up EV adoption to 30 per cent by 2030, the mass public transport phase is basically untouched. For bus operators, the change to electrical has beforehand offered challenges. That is as a result of with battery-operated buses it’s troublesome to maximise passenger load carrying capability and operating time whereas making the entire operation economically viable. An e-bus with flash-charging know-how can clear up that downside whereas enhancing the standard of life by means of decreasing air pollution in densely populated city areas.

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