Ashok Leyland has unveiled its new fully-electric bus at the Bus & Special Vehicles Show organised by SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). Called the Versa, the new bus was developed by Ashok Leyland's UK arm, Optare.
The Versa is claimed to offer similar performance to a diesel engined equivalent, with zero emissions and noise to give it a minimal environmental impact. The new low-floor EV can seat up to 44 passengers and is suited to intra-city, airport tarmac and feeder applications.
"With increased awareness and sensitivity around environment safety and carbon footprints, the timing for the introduction of an electric bus is optimal. Versa EV is ideally placed to help deliver on our Government's commitment to make urban transport efficient and reduce our country's carbon footprint. We are one of the largest provider of electric and hybrid buses in the world and today we are proud to bring this to India to help India move up the path of efficient, comfortable, responsible and sustainable urban transport" said T. Venkataraman- Sr. Vice President, Global Buses, Ashok Leyland.
The new bus is expected to be launched in India by 2017.
- Mechanically-controlled air suspension
- Seat-mounted stanchions
- Regenerative braking
- Integrated charging points
- Available in 9.7m, 10.4m, 11.1m and 11.8m lengths
- Low floor and wide door for single-step entry
- Dedicated wheelchair space
- Foldable passenger ramp