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VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors will be supplying 40 electric buses to Mumbai.
According to ET Auto, the 40 buses will be part of 390 ordered by the minister of heavy industries and public enterprise, Anant Geete. The 390 electric buses were ordered last December.
The minister stated that the government would provide Rs 437 crore subsidy to 11 cities. The government would be launching electric buses, taxis and three-wheelers in these cities.
Among the 11 cities, nine big cities would receive a subsidy for 40 electric buses each. The nine big cities: Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore Kolkata and Mumbai.
VE Commercial Vehicles further partnered with KPIT Technologies. KPIT developed the electrification technology, Revolo, on its Skyline Pro platform. This indigenous technology will be integrated by VE commercial on their buses.
The technology once adopted on the nine-metre long bus will be capable of regenerating 36 percent of the energy. This translates to 0.8 unit electricity per km.
VECV will manufacture the plug-in hybrid buses at its Pithampur plant in Madhya Pradesh. With the AC on at all times, the bus will have a maximum range of 177km.
VE Commercial Vehicles' sales were up by 30.7 percent during the previous month. The company sold 5.977 units compared to the previous 4,573 units. Of the total, 5,874 units were contributed by the Eicher brand, while the remaining 103 units were contributed by Volvo.
Thoughts On The VECV Electric Buses For Mumbai
The 40 electric buses in Mumbai, comes as part of the various steps taken by the state government, moving towards an EV future. The Maharashtra government have taken various initiatives. Other states are set to follow the same route soon.