Gold­stone-BYD launches 18-seater elec­tric feeder bus ‘eBuzz K6’

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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.

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