Switch Mobility has introduced the first all-electric double-decker bus for the Indian market. Switch India has already received an order for 200 electric double decker buses from Mumbai.
The Switch EiV 22 architecture is based on a 650V system. It is the same platform as the Switch e1 and the Switch EiV 12 electric solo bus. All components of the EiV 22 bus are manufactured in India under the government's FAME II program.
The electric bus is driven by an electric drive with a maximum power of 235 kW. The battery with NMC (Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt) chemistry has an energy capacity of 231 kWh and should provide a range of up to 250 kilometers when used within the city. The battery can be charged in 1.5-3 hours. The Switch EiV 22 is just under ten meters long and offers 65 seats.
Dhiraj Hinduja, chairman of Switch Mobility, explained that Switch Mobility's parent company Ashok Leyland was a pioneer among Indian manufacturers when it first launched the double-decker bus in 1967 in Mumbai, saying his company is continuing that legacy.
As many as 200 units of the new EiV 22 are due to head to Mumbai. The order came from Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). The local transport operator in Mumbai has already placed a much larger order in May this year for 2,100 12m single electric buses from Olectra Greentech.
A few days ago, Switch Mobility and Indian transportation company Chalo entered into a strategic partnership to deploy 5,000 electric buses across India.