Eka launches electric bus- E9
Eka, an electric vehicle manufacturing & technology company, has launched its newest 9-metre electric & zero-emission bus, Eka E9.
Hyderabad Eka, an electric vehicle manufacturing & technology company, has launched its newest 9-metre electric & zero-emission bus, Eka E9.
The E9, The company's first battery-electric bus, features a new streamlined vehicle design, maximised power and range due to its monocoque stainless steel chassis and complete composite structure.
With a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) lower than existing Internal Combustion engine-powered buses, the EV bus promises to deliver sustainability and profitability to all stakeholders.
The bus was unveiled by Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Protocol, Govt of Maharashtra, and Sudhir Mehta, Chairman, EKA and Pinnacle Industries at the Pune Alternate Fuel Conclave (AFC).
With the launch of E9, the company is committed to providing a solid platform for sustainable and efficient public transport in cities around the world, along with reliable and profitable operations for customers.
The new bus comes with both front and rear air suspension with ECAS. With 2500 mm width, 31+D +Wheelchair (equipped with wheelchair ramp), the bus offers ample space for passenger (seating + standing) movement. The low entry / exit steps are ergonomically designed with lowest 650 mm floor height, making them extremely comfortable and accessible for the elderly, children, women and specially abled passengers. The enhanced ergonomics in driver's cockpit, auto-drive feature, power-assisted with tilting and telescopic steering and all-in-one central console, provides riders and drivers with a smoother riding experience.
"Electrification of commercial vehicles, public transport, especially the bus sector, is key to India's decarbonisation strategy. Today, we are excited to launch our first electric bus Eka E9, to empower cities to achieve their zero-emission targets. Our buses are designed and optimised to provide the best ride experience, cleaner environment, and best returns to the customers," Sudhir Mehta, Chairman, EKA & Pinnacle Industries Limited, said.
Eka is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries, India's leading automotive seating, interiors and speciality vehicles company, and is one of the only commercial vehicle manufacturers approved under the Champion OEM Scheme and EV component manufacturing scheme of the Government of India's Auto PLI policy.