26 Nov 2018


The electric bus market in India seems to be a fast growing market and is also really taking off. During Busworld India several companies declared the have obtained several orders although no specific numbers were given. Now the very well informed Indian website and magazine Motorindia reports that the new company Edison Electra has during Busworld India obtained a large order for 70 electric buses.

Edison Electra had a little stand at Busworld India and was easily overlooked. But a spokesman stated in Motorindia that the company already prior to Busworld India had obtained orders for in total 140 electric buses. ‘Edison Electra’ has announced plans to locally assemble and supply electric buses for various applications. IT will not develop the buses itself but will assembly buses locally in Hyderabad by importing CKD kits from China. Motorindia reports that Edison Electra has forged an alliance with Chengdu Bus Co. Ltd. of China, a bus maker based in Chengdu city, Sichuan Province, selling a variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles under the brand name of ‘Shudu’. Prototypes of these buses will enter for trials in India by mid-September after which homologation and ARAI-certification will be done by December. The buses will use LFE 04 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, sourced from CATL, a Chinese tech firm specializing in battery solutions.

Looking at the website of Edison Electra plans are made to put several types of electric buses and minibuses on the road as well as a passenger car. Edison Electra also builds its own EV charging stations under the ‘Charge Me Thomas’ network. It are DC fast chargers of 120 kW, 180 kW, and 240 kW capacity. The company states that any CCS or GT/1 compatible vehicle could be turbocharged within its network. Besides Edison Electra offers vehicle management, energy optimization and safety technologies.

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