BYD AND OLECTRA ARE PLANNING TO EXPAND E-BUS PRODUCTION IN INDIA
After having announced in June to open up a second factory to enhance the bus production in India. Several media reported about the plan the Chinese bus manufacturer has developed with its Indian partner Olectra. BYD wants to increase the production of electric buses from now 2,000 buses per year to 5,000.
BYD and the Hyderabad-based company Olectra are producing the nine-metre long BYD K7 E-bus and the twelve-meter K9 version. Both buses have a range of up to 250 kilometres. Expansion of the production capacity is needed to fulfil the need for electric public transport in India. It is said that the Indian government awarded subsidies for about 5,600 electric buses last summer to at least 64 cities. The purchase of this large batch of electric buses is supported by the Indian Ministry of Industry with 360 million euros.
In June, Olectra-BYD confirmed that for that purpose a second electric bus factory is to be built in India by 2021. The current plant of the partners in the joint-venture is located in the state of Telangana with as capital Hyderabad, the home town of Olectra. The company also wants to massively increase the local production of electric buses in India based upon its ‘7+4 Full Market EV Strategy’, comprising seven conventional types of transportation (passenger vehicles, taxis, buses, coaches, urban logistics vehicles, urban construction vehicles, and urban sanitation vehicles) and four specialised types of transportation (vehicles for mining, ports, airports, and warehousing).
Olectra-BYD has already supplied 108 electric buses in India with a range of up to 300 kilometres on a single charge and the joint-venture has been contracted to deliver 500 electric buses between April 2019 and March 2020 to different states in India. The company is aiming to sell 2,000 e-buses by March 2021.
BYD has an own plant near the city Chennai, where it will build the T3, an electric van. BYD has expressed the intention to sell 10,000 units of the T3 in the next three years.
India has the Fame II Scheme put in place. The aim is to adopt hybrid and electric vehicles including support for the purchase of one million electric two-wheelers, 500,000 electric tricycles, 55,000 electric four-wheelers and 7,000 electric buses.