Tamil Nadu government today conducted trial runs of electric buses, supplied by heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, as part of modernisation of transportation services. “We undertook the trial run of electric vehicle in the presence of Transport Department Principal Secretary PWC Davidar, officials of Ashok Leyland and Metropolitan Transport Corporation today.. It was done successfully,” Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar told reporters here. The introduction of electric buses was aimed at “modernising the services” provided by Transport department and to enhance the services provided to the people of Chennai, he said. “The vehicle performed well during the trial run.. The government will take up initiatives to introduce electric bus service permanently” he added.
Last year, the Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland unveiled the electric bus “CIRCUIT” designed and engineered in India “with zero emission vehicle suitable for Indian road and load conditions”. “The Circuit series of buses is another testament to Ashok Leyland’s commitment to leverage India’s technological innovation to deliver relevant and best-in-class solutions for India and the world”, Ashok Leyland Managing Director, Vinod K Dasari had said then. The buses equipped with fire detection and suppression system can travel upto 120 kilometrs on a single charge.