August 29, 2022
Ashok Leyland subsidiary Switch Mobility has strengthened its presence in the electric bus market with the launch of the new EiV 22, a double-decker electric bus.
Designed, developed and manufactured in India and utilizing Switch’s global electric bus experience, the Switch EiV 22 is equipped with the latest technology, state-of-the-art design, maximum safety and best-in-class comfort features, according to Switch Mobility.
The Switch EiV 22 is a significant achievement in terms of packaging, making it the first in the world – a semi-low-floor, air-conditioned, electric two-stage with a wider door on the rear overhang and a rear staircase. The double-decker bus features a lightweight aluminum body, which offers a higher passenger-to-weight ratio and a competitive cost per kilometer and per passenger.
The EiV 22 Power Switch is a higher density, liquid-cooled, 2-string, 231kWh capacity NMC chemical battery pack with dual gun charging system.
The Switch electric double-decker bus can carry almost twice as many seated passengers as a comparable double-decker bus with only an 18% increase in curb weight. The dual-stage architecture uses a 650V system – the same platform as Switch EiV 12, launched in June 2022, which is also common with Switch e1.
With contemporary styling and feel-good interiors and exteriors, the double-decker bus boasts of wide front and rear doors, two stairways and an emergency door that comply with the latest safety standards. The air conditioning provides effective cooling in the hot weather conditions of India, while the seating capacity optimized for 65 passengers is the maximum number of seats to be offered in the given footprint. Each seat has a lightweight cushion and the interiors feature car-like comfort for passenger comfort. This state-of-the-art electric double-decker bus is an ideal solution for urban commuting, as it takes up less floor space on the road, terminal and depot per seated passenger.
The EiV 22, which shares the underpinnings of the EiV 12, is also India’s first air-conditioned electric bus.
It can travel up to 250 km per charge and can be charged to a maximum of 252 km. Switch Mobility has received orders for the bus, which will be used in Mumbai by BEST.
“I would like to congratulate Switch Mobility, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, for being the one to relaunch the double-decker bus and for remaining committed to introducing new technologies for the benefit of passengers and society at large,” said Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, said.
“Ashok Leyland was a pioneer among Indian manufacturers when it first launched the double decker in 1967 in Mumbai and Switch continues this legacy. With our strong expertise in double decker buses, both in India and in the UK and with over 100 Switch electric double decker buses in service on UK roads, we are pleased to not only bring this icon back to life but look forward to introducing new electric products for the Indian. and European markets, always keeping customers first,” said Dheeraj Hinduja, President of Switch Mobility.
“The Switch EiV 22 is the latest innovation of its kind and leverages our expertise in the electric double-decker bus segment to deliver a product of unrivaled efficiency in the Indian market. With our Switch EiV 22 and Metrodecker buses, we are now well positioned to address the global double-decker bus market and help cities achieve their net zero goals,” added Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd. .
Switch Mobility will operate 200 buses and maintain the vehicle through its subsidiary OHM Mobility.
Mahesh Babu (CEO of Switch Mobility India) said the buses will be operated from two depots, Kurla and Colaba, with the first units being delivered in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023.
Mahesh Babu said that the supply will start from the end of the quarterly financial year and the order will be closed by June.
He said that the BEST team will hand over two deposits, including Kurla and Colaba. They will be used to store the buses. They will house the chargers for the buses from these depots.
The double-decker bus can carry up to 65 passengers. The lower deck is also designed for standing passengers.
The EV 22 is powered by a nickel-cobalt-manganese battery (231 kWh) with liquid cooling and dual-gun charging – the same technology as the EiV 12.
Dana supplied the powertrain and the battery was assembled at the company’s premises. The Chinese supply the battery cells.
Babu said the company’s experience of making an electric double-decker bus for the UK market played a role in the design of the model.
Switch claims the new EiV 22 is only 18% lighter than the EiV22, despite its extra deck and larger passenger capacity.
The buses will have front and rear doors, as well as a pair of stairs to reach the upper deck. This allows for easy entry and exit.
Switch said the new EiV 22 model will be eligible for FAME II benefits. The buses will be manufactured at the Ennore plant (Tamil Nadu).
The buses will be manufactured at the factory as motorized chassis units, with the Mumbai bus body being produced by a partner.