BYD-Goldstone eBuzz K7 Electric Bus Commercially Launched
The eBuzz K7 becomes India´s first electric bus to enter public service, ARAI-certified too.
Goldstone Infratech Ltd (later renamed as Olectra Electric) has commercially launched its eBuzz K7 8-metre all-electric bus in the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route in Himachal Pradesh. Running under Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation (HPTC), the made-in-India zero-emission bus has already undergone trial runs at steep gradient and over 13,000 feet altitude in this region. A total of 25 e-buses are to be supplied to HPTC by Goldstone, the first company to run ARAI-certified electric buses on Indian road.
Technically, the BYD eBuzz K7 is powered by a pair of 90 kW Iron Phosphate (Fe) batteries pack that runs axle-mounted hub motors to propel the wheels. BYD’s battery pack are claimed as environmentally friendly and non-toxic, also offering better power density and longer lifetime. They can be charged in about four hours using a fast-charging feature, and can clock 200 kms on single charge. The all-aluminium monocoque body of the bus is complemented by front and rear air suspension, best suited for hilly terrains like that of Manali region.
The launched vehicle is a right-hand-drive non-AC variant, unlike the K7 test mules that the company was testing in the same region last year. It can seat up to 25 passengers. Assembled in India at Goldstone´s facility, almost all key components are sourced from its partner firm BYD Auto of China. Apart from HPTC, the company has also received an order of 6 buses to Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).
Goldstone is also conducting trial runs for its 12-metre low-floor air-conditioned electric bus at various cities across India, demonstrating the product with various prospective customers, i.e. state transport undertakings.
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