Ashok Ley­land & Sun Mo­bil­ity

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Ashok Ley­land and Sun Mo­bil­ity an­nounced a part­ner­ship to cre­ate smart mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions. Th­ese would be in the do­main of elec­tric mo­bil­ity. Show­cas­ing the 9 m Cir­cuit-S elec­tric bus with a travel range of 120 kms on a sin­gle charge un­der stan­dard test con­di­tion, Ashok Ley­land high­lighted Sun Mo­bil­ity’s swap­pable smart bat­tery so­lu­tion. The smart bat­tery pack as part of the so­lu­tion is claimed to weigh one fourth the weight of a reg­u­lar lithium-ion bat­tery, and can be swapped through a ‘Quick In­ter­change Sta­tion’ in un­der four min­utes.

Mon­i­tored by a smart net­work, the swap aids fast refueling, on-de­mand charg­ing, and leads to oc­cu­pa­tion of less space. The process is claimed to be faster than con­ven­tional refueling. With em­pha­sis on ad­dress­ing charg­ing bot­tle­necks for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, Ashok Ley­land, it is clear, is look­ing at a com­plete elec­tro-mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem, and right down to a stage where the bus spends least time in the de­pot get­ting a driver change and re­plen­ish­ment of fuel. Com­pat­i­ble across bus plat­forms, the busi­ness model that Ashok Ley­land is look­ing at of­fer­ing works on a pay per bat­tery con­sump­tion ba­sis. Men­tioned Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Vice Chair­man, Sun Mo­bil­ity, that by separat­ing the bat­tery from the bus helped re­alise im­mense po­ten­tial to bring down the up­front cost of an elec­tric bus. He in­di­cated that the up­front cost could be brought on par with that of a con­ven­tional diesel bus. The Cir­cuit-S elec­tric bus that Ashok Ley­land dis­played can seat up to 35 peo­ple and is aimed at in­tra-city trans­port ap­pli­ca­tions.

⇧ Ashok Ley­land Cir­cuit-S elec­tric bus with bat­tery swap­ping tech­nol­ogy to over­come range and charg­ing re­stric­tions.

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