Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and MSME, Govt of India, unveiled Olectra-BYD’s C9 – first electric inter-city coach in India, during the ongoing Auto Expo at NOIDA in the presence of other senior dignitaries.
Olectra-BYD, the frontrunners in electric mobility in the country, with over 200 eBuses plying across many states in India, has covered a distance of around 1.2 Crore Kilometres on Indian roads. With the introduction of C9, Olectra-BYD has added yet another word-class product to its impressive line-up of buses.
The 12-meter long C9, a zero-emission 45 to 49-seater electric bus, has been aesthetically designed to offer utmost comfort to the passengers. The AC Deluxe bus designed for longer travel distances offers comfortable luxury push back seats. The latest TV & infotainment system, Wi-fi for all the passengers and inbuilt USB chargers for each seat ensures a journey full of comfort and entertainment. The spacious 5 cubic meter Luggage space also guarantees ample space for keeping the luggage of the passengers.
C9 also offers a significant financial benefit to the intercity bus operators due to its lower operating costs. Powered by LFP Battery, the eBus can travel up to 300 Kms on a single charge, with Max Power of 360 kW (180 kW X 2 Motors) and a speed of 100 + kmph. The strong engineering also offers a Maximum Torque of 3,000 Nm.
As the Indian Government is giving a boost to the adoption of electric buses in the Public transport system with the deployment of eBuses for intracity travel under its FAME1 & FAME2 policies, Olectra-BYD, continues to contribute in its own small way to the larger cause of reducing carbon footprint.
As pioneers of the electric bus movement in India, Olectra had introduced the first-ever commercially operated 9-meter Electric AC buses in the hazardous Manali-Rohtang pass terrain. Other milestones include the introduction of India’s First ever 12-meter Electric AC buses at Hyderabad, India’s largest fleet of 40 E-buses in Telangana and receiving an order for 125, in Pune, which is the largest ever in India.
On the company leadership in the Electric Bus segment, Mr. N K Rawal, Managing Director – Olectra Greentech said, “Olectra-BYD has been spearheading the electric vehicle adoption in the country with a focus not only to ‘Make in India’ but also ‘Made for India’ to meet the increasing requirements of our diversity in the landscapes and terrains of the country. We have covered significant ground in meeting the requirements of several states in the country and being the partners of choice for the EV revolution in the country for Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad and Kerala where our eBuses are already successfully plying. Our proven ability to introduce new models of electric buses with utmost passenger comfort and safety will enable us to meet the requirements of newer segments.”
“With the latest addition to our product range – C9, our first intercity electric bus, we have once again proven our strong product development capabilities. After leading the eBus deployment on intracity routes, now we have taken this initiative to the intercity routes also which will address the concerns of the distance covered by ebuses. C-9 can cover up to 300 KMs on a single charge which makes it an apt zero-emission travel option for the intercity travel operators leading to savings in the longer run,” added Mr. Naga Satyam, Executive Director – Olectra Greentech while explaining the benefits of newly launched eBus at Auto Expo 2020.
The bus is equipped with various safety features including EU standard FDSS System with TUV certification, ADAS System (Driver Fatigue System) and ITS System as per Indian Regulatory requirement. To handle any crisis, it offers a Panic Alarm System and Emergency lighting system in case of an accident. The Defroster fitted on the bus enables the driving in foggy conditions due to better visibility. These electric buses are manufactured in India by Olectra Greentech in a strategic tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd – the world’s largest electric vehicle company, with a presence in over 30+ countries.