In a move to combat the increasing pollution levels in the capital city of India, the State Government of Delhi today initiated the trials of zero emission and noise free Olectra-BYD’s 12 Meter electric bus – eBuzz K9 with a 35+1 (Driver) seating capacity. Flagged off by the Transport Minister of Delhi Mr. Kailash Gahlot from Delhi Secretariat, the state-of-the-art ‘Make in India’ eBuzz K9 from Olectra-BYD will run on route number 534 between Anand Vihar ISBT to Mehrauli Terminal. These trials, which will be conducted for 3 months, will enable the authorities to evaluate the efficiency and competency of the buses in the standard road conditions of Delhi. Under an endeavour to promote usage of zero-emission Electric Vehicles, Delhi government aims to induct Electric Buses in the Public Transport system.
According to a study from the World Health Organization, 9 out of every 10 people in the world breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year. It further highlighted that air pollution is mainly responsible for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), causing 24% of all adult deaths from heart disease, 25% from stroke, 43% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 29% from lung cancer.
On the occasion of flagging off of the electric buses, Mr. N. Naga Satyam, Executive Director – Olectra Greentech Limited commented, “As a part of our commitment to contribute to the efforts of ensuring a healthy environment to the public, these Delhi trials is yet another step towards conversion of fossil fueled vehicles to a zero-emission transport option. Olectra BYD buses are proven successful in all the terrains across the country. Olectra-BYD is the only one player in India which has its electric buses commercially running in 4 states and we aim to continue our leadership in the eBus segment.”
eBuzz K9 model is driven by a formidable Lithium-ion Iron Phosphate battery providing an unmatched ability of running upto 300 KMs on a single recharge. Olectra-BYD buses are designed and manufactured under a strategic tie-up between Olectra Greentech Ltd and BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd – world’s largest electric vehicle company.
Olectra-BYD buses have completed more than 5,00,000 Kms on Indian roads and have reduced CO2 emissions up to 524 tonnes till now which would have required 2,619 trees instead.
About Olectra Greentech Limited (Formerly Goldstone Infratech Limited)
Established in 2000, Olectra Greentech Limited is the largest manufacturer in India for Silicone Rubber/Composite Insulators for power transmission and distribution networks. With a strong legacy of over 17 years in Electrical product segment, the company ventured into manufacturing of Electric Buses in 2015 under a tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd.
Olectra-BYD’s state-of-the-art buses were India’s first Electric buses certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The company also has a distinction of being the only company in the country presently having its Electric buses fleet operational for the passengers. The company has manufacturing facilities near Hyderabad for its Electric Buses.
BYD Auto Industry Company Limited is the largest manufacturer in the world for pure Electric vehicles including electric buses. BYD Company Limited (“BYD”), the parent company of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited, a public listed company, is one of the top 500 Chinese Enterprises specialized in IT, automobile, new energy and light rail. Founded in February 1995, BYD started out with rechargeable battery business, and entered the automobile industry in 2003. Currently, BYD is the world’s only automaker that simultaneously masters the technologies of batteries.