Ashok Leyland, manufacturer of commercial vehicles, and ABB Power Grids, provider of power technologies, signed an MoU for a more efficient electric bus transportation system in India. The buses developed by Ashok Leyland will be powered with ABB’s flash-charging technology, TOSA.
TOSA technology enables charging of buses in the short periods of passengers getting on and off the bus. The batteries are charged with a 600-kilowatt power boost given within 15 seconds. A full recharge will take an additional few minutes at the final terminal. The system allows for the buses to run without charging for several hours and being unavailable for the fleet and bringing down operating cost by 30 percent compared to an equivalent diesel-transit system.
The Indian Government is promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs), in some cases planning on mandating it, to reach 30 per cent penetration of EVs by 2030.
The MoU outlines a partnership to develop a pilot electric bus with TOSA. ABB Power Grids’ business in India is responsible for planning, design, engineering installation and commissioning of the TOSA charging system while Ashok Leyland will have the scope of manufacturing and supplying electrics buses.
“We are pushing the boundaries of e-mobility with our flash-charging technology TOSA for buses to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and sustainable future. The aim is to provide a zero local emission mass public transportation bus system with high passenger capacity. We are pleased to be working with Ashok Leyland in advancing responsible urban mobility,” said Mr. N. Venu, Managing Director, ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited (ABB Power Grids’ business in India).