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14 Nov 2017

ASHOK LEYLAND’S CIRCUIT IS FIRST INDIAN ELECTRIC BUS

In line with Ashok Leyland's vision for the future of mass mobility, the country’s first ‘Made in India’ 100% electric bus, launched last fall, is a zero-emission vehicle created by the company specifically for Indian road and load conditions. The new Circuit range of vehicles will be offered on multiple platforms.

The Circuit series vehicles are all exclusively engineered on India-specific platforms that can tackle varied topography, gradients and usage conditions. Integrated with a fire detection and suppression system (FDSS), this Indian bus can travel 120 kilometers on a single charge. It is built on a simple, mass-market platform that will enable the operator to cater to customers in city centers with minimal operational and maintenance costs.

Additional details about the Circuit electric bus: an alert system to help the driver identify when the bus is running low on battery charge (the company claimed there will be sufficient charging points installed at bus depots to charge the new electric models); the Circuit is propelled by an AC motor with a dedicated controller and power-electronics components and lithium-ion batteries store the necessary electrical charge.