Switch India launches SWITCH EiV 12 next-generation electric bus platform

Switch Mobility, the next-generation carbon-neutral electric bus and light commercial vehicle company, have launched its new SWITCH EiV 12 electric bus platform for the Indian market. This next-generation electric Bus, backed by over 10 years of electric vehicle (EV) expertise, will help address the growing bus segment in India. 

The new platform will be available in two variants; the EiV 12 low floor and EiV 12 standard. This platform features customer-centric offerings on technology and passenger comfort while being contemporary and futuristic. 

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EiV 12 delivers exceptional drive performance and efficiency and is embedded with proprietary, connected technology solutions. This enables remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as world-class digital battery management tools. 

The electric vehicle architecture of EiV platform is common with the recently launched European Switch e1 bus. The company currently has an order book of over 600 buses as the demand for cleaner public transport increases in India. 

Dheeraj Hinduja, Switch Mobility chairman, said, “The launch of our next-generation electric bus platform in India is an important milestone for Switch Mobility. 

“Our aspiration is to make electric products more accessible in India, UK, Europe and many more Global markets, thereby contributing significantly to the rapidly growing zero carbon mobility sector. 

“With a strong lineage and proven expertise of Hinduja group and Ashok Leyland, in the commercial vehicle market, we are confident that through more such offerings of electric buses and soon-to-be launched electric light vehicles, we will accelerate our vision to be at the forefront in this evolving market”.

SWITCH EiV 12 electric bus

The Switch EiV range of buses have been configured for A variety of applications like intra-city, inter-city, staff, school and tarmac uses, while offering maximum passenger capacity and comfort. 

The buses are  equipped with a new generation of highly efficient, modular batteries with advanced lithium-ion NMC chemistry, specially formulated for the Indian market and climatic conditions. 

The modular batteries increase the capacity per battery cell for the same weight, enabling a higher range of up to 186 miles from a single charge. This increases to  311 miles (500km) with dual gun fast charging. 

The electric drivetrains and batteries are calibrated to ensure superior efficiency with long battery life, delivering lower total cost of ownership in the market. Maintenance of this ultra-modern E-Bus can also be carried out quickly and easily.

Mahesh Babu, Switch Mobility India CEO, said: “I am pleased to introduce Switch EiV 12 platform in India which is built on the experience of 50 million electric kilometres globally. 

“The platform has a unique, advanced, global EV architecture to deliver superior efficiency, safety, and reliability. The products on this platform have been designed with cutting-edge technology to deliver a delightful customer experience. 

“I strongly believe that Switch iON connected vehicle platform, offers multiple solutions to our fleet operators, to enhance the business value proposition. Our team is working actively to bring out multiple products as part of the Switch electric intelligent vehicle platform in the near future’’.

The current range of Switch electric buses in India, having an uptime of over 98 percent consistently through the last few years, is a testimony to the product performance in terms of reliability and durability. 

The buses have clocked over eight million kilometres in India, saving over 5000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting more than 30,000 trees. Switch India has a dedicated team of 450 employees and manpower is expected to grow over 30 percent in the next five years with the growing demand for electric buses.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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