IN a major boost to the electric vehicle adoption in the country, Goldstone-BYD, have launched as well as exported on World Environment Day, their full Electric Feeder Bus ‘eBuzz K6’, the first bus in this category to be manufactured in India. The state of the art zero-emission electric bus was unveiled by Ananth Geete, union minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India.
With a distinction of being the first electric feeder bus in the country, the 18 seater Goldstone-BYD eBuzz K6 zero-emission electric vehicle has been aesthetically designed to offer utmost comfort to the passengers. Goldstone-BYD’s technically superior and rigorously tested electric buses incorporate advanced air suspensions offering highly comfortable rides to the commuters -be in on the smooth roads, patchy roads, hilly terrains or meandering routes. These Electric Buses are manufactured in India by Goldstone Infratech Ltd in a strategic tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd – world’s largest electric vehicle company.
First five of these ‘eBuzz K6’ buses shall be exported to Nepal before being introduced in India and later will be exported to other neighboring countries. These electric buses will serve Lumbini tourism lines.
Naga Satyam, executive director – Goldstone Infratech said, “Goldstone-BYD has been spearheading the electric vehicle adoption in the country. Our focus has not only been to ‘Make in India’ but also ‘Made for India’ to meet the requirements of our diversity in the landscapes and terrains of the country. We have covered significant ground in meeting the requirements of several states in the country and being the supplier of choice for Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, amongst other states. Our proven ability to build customized, robust, yet sophisticated electric buses with utmost passenger comfort will enable us to meet the requirements of markets abroad too.”
Zhang Jie, executive director, BYD India, said,“We are greatly encouraged by the quality of electric buses that are being manufactured in India by Goldstone and these manufacturing facilities in India will be used for export to SAARC Countries. ‘eBuzz K6’to be supplied to Nepal is a step in that direction. We are committed to making vehicles that are not only environment-friendly but also help in greatly reducing the carbon footprint”
The seven-meter air-conditioned bus with a monocoque chassis offers power up to 180 KW and 1500 Nm torque equipped with smart air suspension system and air disc brakes which ensures a smooth ride even at higher altitudes and bumpy roads. eBuzz K6 which can consistently run at 80KM Per Hour is equipped with an advanced Li-ion Phosphate Battery ensuring longer lifetime. The bus can be driven up to 200kms in a single charge and the battery can be quickly charged within three-four hours through three Phase AC Charging. On the safety front, the battery in eBuzz K6 is safe due to Chemical and thermal stability. It provides protection from Short circuit, over-temperature, and lightning as well. The body of the bus also meets the AIS 052 specification.
The company had also launched eBuzz K9 and eBuzz K7 which are 12m and 9m respectively. K7 is India’s first commercially running Electric Bus which started operating in September 2017 between Kullu-Manali under Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) for the general public. Recently, it has started its operations between Manali-Rohtang pass also. The company is also running its Electric Bus eBuzz K7 in Mumbai under BrihanMumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). Apart from this the 12 m variant, K9 has successfully completed its trials in Bengaluru, Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa, Rajkot, and Hyderabad.
Goldstone-BYD buses have completed over 200,000 Kms on Indian roads and have saved 4.5 million INR worth of fuel. Goldstone-BYD electric buses have reduced CO2 emissions up to 18,000 Kgs per year which would have required 5000 trees instead.