Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Switch Mobility introduces new generation E1 electric bus, range up to 390 km

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Switch Mobility, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, has just introduced a new generation of E1 electric bus, developed specifically for the European market.

This electric bus has a length of twelve meters that can carry up to 93 passengers and 28 seats. The bus is powered by a ZF wheeled motor, a battery with a capacity of 389 kWh which can give a range of about 390 kilometers.

Charging the E1 exclusively by cable. Charging via CCS will take less than three hours, with alternating current about seven hours.

For the body, the Switch has opted for a monocoque design where the chassis and body are integrated. This makes this bus one of the lightest in its class, according to the manufacturer. The unloaded weight of this electric bus is 10.8 tons.

“We are proud to be taking the industry forward not only with one of the lightest buses in Europe, but with our first all-electric bus designed specifically for the European market,” says Switch CEO Andy Palmer.

The monocoque construction is intended to reduce operating costs for the operator. Each seat on the bus pad has a USB charging point, under-seat lighting and reading light.

Air conditioning systems have double-walled ducts that distribute warm or cold air.

The Switch e1 was built at Switch Mobility’s new production facility in Valladolid, Spain. The prototype now presented, on the other hand, is still being assembled at the Sherburn UK factory in Yorkshire.

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