Goldstone Infratech Limited has announced that its state of the art zero-emission electric bus has officially started running under Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation.
The 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 was flagged off by G S Bali, Minister of Transport, Himachal Pradesh Government at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh and will ply between Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass.
The electric bus has been Made in India and certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), after extensive testing at part level and vehicle level at various testing facilities. The buses are manufactured in tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd - world's largest electric vehicle company.
The electric bus has a range of 200km on a single charge and can be charged in just four hours. The buses use Lithium Iron Phosphate battery which ensures longer lifetime, better power density and is safe due to Chemical and thermal stability.
Previously in August 2017, a 12-metre low floor AC electric bus from Goldstone-BYD completed the trials with Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. The company would be supplying 25 electric buses to Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation. The company has also received orders for six buses from Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).
Chief Operating Officer, Goldstone Infratech, Anand Swaroop said, "Goldstone Infratech is proud to become India's first company to run its ARAI certified Electric Buses on Indian Roads. We are committed to offer quality products to the country."
The Goldstone eBuzz K7 has become India's first commercially launched electric bus. The bus has also completed high-altitude tests over 13,000 feet. Several other automakers such as Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland are also working on zero-emission commercial vehicles which are in line with the government's ambitious plan to have all-electric vehicles by 2030.