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Administrator of Chandigarh flags off the City’s First Ever Electric Bus by Ashok Leyland

Electric Buses ‘Made in India, for the World’ towards our greener future

Chandigarh, (Aditi) : Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group and India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, and Chandigarh City Bus Services Society CCBSS, today launched the first-ever Electric Bus service in the city. The flag-off was done by the Honorable Administrator of Chandigarh Union Territory, Shri. VP Singh Badnore. The company has bagged the order for 40 Electric Buses under the FAME-II scheme. These electric Buses come with Fast Charging technology and will provide service within the route plans set by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). On an average, this fleet of 40 globally benchmarked electric buses will save approximately 6.5 Lakh Litres of fuel while reducing carbon emissions to the tune of 1700 tonnes, annually.

Ashok Leyland will operate and maintain the fleet end to end and the charging infrastructure will be developed across four locations (Depot-3, ISBT-17, ISBT-43 & PGI) in the Tri-city. These charging stations will be developed by Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm, Switch Mobility, in partnership with Siemens by leveraging its global eMobility technology. In April 2021, Siemens and Switch Mobility had signed an MOU aimed at delivering efficient, cost-effective and sustainable E-Mobility solutions to various commercial vehicle customers in India.

Ashok Leyland is passionate about sustainability and is driving towards a net carbon zero emission target, towards green mobility.

About Switch Mobility:

Switch Mobility is a technology-focused bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility. Formed in 2020 as a mature start-up, Switch is forged from the EV capabilities of Ashok Leyland, the fourth largest bus and LCV OEM in the world, and Optare, the British bus company with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design. Currently fulfilling orders in UK, Switch is creating a strong foundation for the expansion of its operations in Europe and driving growth in India and other parts of the world.

With a dedicated team of people at our sites in the UK and India, our market-leading vehicles are sold around the globe and combine the best of British and Indian design, technology and engineering to create unique products. Capitalising on our demonstrable experience and proven expertise in lightest weight architecture, zero emissions technologies, data analytics and software, and customer service, Switch Mobility aims to be the commercial EV provider of choice and the industry employer of choice.