Goldstone-BYD launches 18-seater electric feeder bus ‘eBuzz K6’
Goldstone Infratech Limited, in collaboration with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd, has launched the fully-electric feeder bus ‘eBuzz K6’. The bus, the first in this category to be manufactured in India, will be exported initially. The 18-seater eBuzz K6 zeroemission electric vehicle has been aesthetically designed to offer utmost comfort to the passengers. These technically superior and rigorously-tested electric buses incorporate advanced air suspensions offering highly comfortable rides to the commuters on any kind of roads, hilly terrains or meandering routes.
Launched by Ananth Geete, Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, the first 5 of the ‘eBuzz K6’ buses will be exported to Nepal before its introduction 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 Ltd 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 ‘Make for India’ to meet the requirements of the diversity in the landscape and terrain of our 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, and Hyderabad. Our proven ability to build customised, 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 7-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 smooth ride even at higher altitudes and bumpy roads. eBuzz K6, which can consistently run at 80kmph is equipped with an advanced Li-ion phosphate battery ensuring longer lifetime. The bus can be driven up to 200 kms in a single charge and the battery can be quickly charged within 3-4 hours through 3-phase AC charging. The battery in eBuzz K6 is safe due to chemical and thermal stability. It provides protection from short circuit, overtemperature and lightning as well. The body of the bus also meets the AIS 052 specification.
Goldstone Infratech Ltd has supplied 25 electric buses to Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) and 6 to Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). Recently, Goldstone-BYD emerged as the winner for the bids to supply electric buses to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Hyderabad cities for the tendered 290 electric buses, the largest number for any electric bus manufacturer in the country.
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 HRTC for the 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 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 Rs 45 lakh of fuel. Goldstone-BYD electric buses have reduced CO2 emissions up to 18,000 kg a year which would have required 5000 trees instead. GoldstoneBYD’s buses were India’s first electric buses certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The company has manufacturing facilities near Hyderabad for its electric buses and its R&D Center is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, GoI.