Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland unveiled its first electric bus, Circuit-S, with the swappable battery technology of Sun Mobility, at the AutoExpo 2018 on Wednesday. Sun Mobility is a joint venture led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva (now Mahindra Reva), and Uday Khemka, vice chairman of SUN Group. Ashok Leyland and Sun Mobility in July 2017 had announced a collaboration on electric vehicle projects using the latter's swappable Smart Battery technology.
Designed for Indian conditions with a seating capacity of 25-35 seats, the electric bus runs on easily swappable, smart batteries that are small and one-fourth the weight of a regular Li-ion battery. The partners also showcased the vehicle refueling process in which its electric buses get swapped in under four minutes -- much faster than conventional refueling -- along with the swapping of bus drivers and conductors at a depot. Vehicle swapping is possible because the battery is separat
TO READ THE FULL STORY, SUBSCRIBE NOW NOW AT JUST RS 249 A MONTH.
Subscribe To Insights
Key stories on business-standard.com are available to premium subscribers only.Already a BS Premium subscriber? Log in NOW
What you get on Business Standard Premium?
- Unlock 30+ premium stories daily hand-picked by our editors, across devices on browser and app.
- Pick your 5 favourite companies, get a daily email with all news updates on them.
- Full access to our intuitive epaper - clip, save, share articles from any device; newspaper archives from 2006.
- Preferential invites to Business Standard events.
- Curated newsletters on markets, personal finance, policy & politics, start-ups, technology, and more.
Auto Expo 2018: Suzuki Motorcycle launches an array of premium products
Auto Expo 2018: Carmakers using social media this time like never before
Auto Expo 2018: Hero expands scooter range with two 125cc products
Auto Expo 2018: Maruti to take on Kwid with compact SUV Concept Future-S
Auto Expo 2018: Honda Cars unveils the next-generation Honda Amaze
Idea suspends interconnect services to Aircel over non-payment of dues
Bharti Infratel may buy Voda's 42% stake in Indus Tower, become tower giant
Idea suspends interconnect services with Aircel over non-payment of dues
Snapchat logs 5% daily-average-user growth in Q4FY17 in US, pips Facebook
SoftBank prepares for IPO of Japanese telecom unit, seeks to raise $18 bn