· First of Switch EiV 12 bus order hits Bengaluru city roads
· Switch Mobility will supply, operate and maintain 300 Switch EiV 12 standard electric buses
· Switch EiV 12 is equipped with advanced lithium-ion NMC chemistry
Switch Mobility Ltd (‘Switch’), the next-generation carbon neutral electric bus and light commercial vehicle company, today announced that 75 Switch EiV 12 buses were flagged off at Vidhana Soudha by Shri. Basavaraj Bommai, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka. These new technologically, advanced electric buses are a part of the 300 strong electric bus order and would be inducted into the BMTC fleet to cater to the people of Bengaluru. Switch Mobility will supply, operate and maintain the 300 Switch EiV 12 standard electric buses.
Mahesh Babu, Chief Executive Officer, Switch India & Chief Operating Officer, Switch Mobility Ltd., said: “With increasing focus on electrification of mass public transportation, Switch India is committed to democratizing zero carbon mobility. In order to cater to these needs, Switch India launched the Switch EiV 12 platform in June 2022 and today we are delighted to begin initial deliveries of our Switch EiV buses to BMTC as part of our 300 strong electric bus order. These buses will play a vital role in reducing carbon footprint in the city of Bengaluru - a reduction of over 14,500 tonnes of CO2 per year equivalent to planting 87,000 trees’’.
The Switch EiV 12 buses have been uniquely configured and designed with cutting-edge technology to deliver delightful customer experience and passenger comfort, while being contemporary and futuristic. The Switch EiV 12 platform is built on the experience of 50 million electric kms globally. The platform has a unique, advanced, global EV architecture to deliver superior efficiency, safety, and reliability. Switch EiV 12 delivers exceptional drive performance and efficiency, and is embedded with proprietary, connected technology solutions, ‘Switch iON’, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as world-class digital battery management tools.
The buses are equipped with a new generation of highly efficient, modular batteries with advanced lithium-ion NMC chemistry, specially formulated for the Indian market and climatic conditions. The modular batteries increase the capacity per battery cell for the same weight, enabling higher range of kilometers.
With an objective to create the required infrastructure, the company has also set up charging facilities which uses over 80% of renewable energy.
Switch buses in India have clocked over 9 million kms in India, saving over 5000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting more than 30,000 trees, thus delivering on key strategic milestones in support of the brand’s mission: to enrich lives through green mobility and deliver cleaner, smarter journeys that are accessible to all.
About Switch Mobility
Switch Mobility is a next-generation electric bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility. A mature start up, Switch was forged from the innovative EV elements of Ashok Leyland, the fourth largest bus OEM in the world, and Optare, the UK bus manufacturer with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design. In 2014, Switch (then Optare) introduced the first British built, pure electric buses to London’s roads and since then has put 300 EVs on the road, clocking up over 30 million electric miles in developed and developing markets.
With dedicated teams at our sites in Leeds, UK and Chennai, India, as a Group, our market-leading vehicles are sold in over 46 countries around the globe and combine the best of British and Indian design, technology and engineering to create unique products. Capitalizing on our demonstrable experience and proven expertise in light weight architecture, net zero carbon technologies, data analytics, software and customer service, Switch Mobility aims to be the commercial EV provider and employer of choice in the industry. Through its subsidiary OHM, Switch also offers a range of eMaas services, supporting communities in their transition to a zero emission transport network.