VE Commercial Vehicles has completed a year of successful run of its 100 percent electric buses in Kolkata, India. The Eicher Skyline Pro E buses have been deployed with West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) and have served over 1.6 lakh kilometres carrying 1.3 lakh passengers till date.
B Srinivas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Buses, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “The country is at the cusp of a new revolution in transportation and is moving swiftly towards electromobility. Our deployment for public transport at Kolkata and its successful journey is a testimony of our strong resolve towards environment-friendly mobility solutions. Together with the support infrastructure, we have been able to achieve great results with WBHIDCO.”
The buses are operating seven days a week, covering 140 km per day and delivering 98 percent uptime. KPIT, the service provider has installed charging stations and a workshop at NKDA bus depot and Shapoorji Bus Depot. These buses are powered by REVOLO technology, which is an innovative platform that operates on a lower voltage and allows regeneration to have the maximum possible range with the smallest possible battery.
Eicher has bagged another order of 40 e-buses to be delivered to BEST, Mumbai in this year. The company is also actively participating in tenders floated by various State Transport Undertakings and other government agencies.