Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Indian Army Plans Major Expansion of Electric Bus Fleet

Procurement of 113 Electric Buses Supports Military's Green Initiatives

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The Indian Army plans to integrate 113 electric buses into its fleet, advancing its commitment to sustainable transport solutions, according to a report from Indian news agency ANI.

The initiative aims to enhance troop transportation across plains and semi-hilly terrains, with ongoing trials underway for procurement. ANI reported that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) final request for proposal (RFP) outlines specifications for the electric buses, accommodating 40 passengers excluding driver and co-driver seats.

“Out of the 130 electric buses, 60 will be allocated to the Indian Army, while 46 units are designated for the Indian Air Force and seven for the Indian Navy,” ANI stated, highlighting the distribution plan within the armed forces.

The electric buses are expected to deliver a range of 250 kilometers, meeting technical parameters set forth in the RFP. The vehicles are likely equipped with permanent magnet synchronous motors producing a minimum of 200 kW, coupled with a battery pack boasting at least 200 kWh of energy storage capacity.

“The MoD has specified stringent performance requirements including a minimum top speed of 65 kph, 17% or higher gradability with full payload, and specific turning and approach angles,” ANI added, reflecting the comprehensive criteria for the new fleet.

Images circulated in Indian media showcase electric buses from JBM Auto and Ashok Leyland’s Switch Mobility, underscoring domestic manufacturing contributions. Earlier this year, the Indian Army procured six Eicher Skyline PRO E 9-metre electric buses from VE Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture of Volvo Group and Eicher Motors.

According to a previous report by The Hindu Business Line, the MoD is also considering the acquisition of 423 electric motorcycles, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable mobility solutions.

“The EVs must meet stringent specifications including weight limits and performance capabilities,” the report stated, outlining additional procurement plans.

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