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 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 10 people in the world breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year. The study 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.
Considering this, if Delhi adopts electric alternatives for a significant portion of its 1 crore vehicles, Delhites can hope for a healthier environment as compared to the current levels of highly polluted air quality.
The eBuzz K9 electric bus model is equipped with a Lithium-ion Iron Phosphate battery which delivers upto 300 km on a single charge. Olectra-BYD buses are designed and manufactured under a strategic tie-up between Olectra Greentech Ltd and BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd.
The bus also features regenerative braking system through which part of the kinetic energy lost in braking is recovered. It gets electronically controlled air suspension and in terms of safety, the company says the eBuzz K9 is equipped for protection from short circuits, over temperature function and lightening.
Also, in October this year Olectra-BYD announced signing an agreement with Uttarakhand government to deploy 500 AC Electric Buses in the state with an investment of Rs 700 crore. Hyderabad based Olectra Greentech and China’s BYD have a strategic tie-up under which the eBuzz K7 (9 metre) and eBuzz K9 (12 metre) electric buses are built in India.
The electric buses from Olectra-BYD have already been running commercially in Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Telangana and Kerala. Olectra-BYD have said that their electric buses have completed more than 5,00,000 km on Indian roads.