Foton AUV BJ6123 12m Electric Bus: This Is It!
Chinese bus maker displays the battery-electric bus for the first time in India.
Here is an another Chinese EV maker trying to crack the rather exotic electric bus market in India, apart from BYD Auto who has partnered with Goldstone Infratech, Hyderabad. Beiqi Foton Motor Company has recently presented its 12-metre pure-electric zero emission city bus in Delhi. The manufacturer has partnered with PMI Electro Mobility Solutions in India.
The BJ6123 battery-electric bus with a monocoque low-floor body layout measures 11,980 mm long, 2,550 mm wide, and 3,200 high. It can seat up to 32 people, including the driver. The driver’s enclosure is all utilitarian with a 5.5-inch TFT colour infomatics screen with audio system, easy-to-read instrumentation cluster with info display behind the steering wheel, and a button-type gear selector. The cabin features heating-integrated electric air-conditioning system.
The 18,000 kg GVW electric bus is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor sourcing power from a multi-component lithium battery pack. The bus is likely to be using ZF-sourced rear driving axle with hub reduction gear, and is air suspended. The power output of the drive motors and the maximum driving range of the electric bus are unknown.
The display bus featured ‘Make in India’ poster, hinting that the company may have plans to locally assemble the electric bus in the country. With government push towards EVs and STUs showing keen interest in procuring electric buses, more EV makers are likely to join the fray, including the domestic OEMs.
The Beijing-based Foton is not new to India, though. Some years back they partnered with Amar coach builders of Punjab to launch ‘Galaxy’ 12m Intercity premium coach in the local market. The chassis was imported from China, while the powertrain was sourced from Cummins. Although the Foton is not a big EV player as BYD Auto in China, it does have a wide range of electric buses in its stable. The company also produces trucks under the brand name ‘Auman’ by a JV with Daimler in China.
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