Switch Mobility Ltd., is eyeing the EV segment and has formulated detailed strategies to take the e-bus and e-LCV market by storm. Switch’s first bus platform for India, called ‘EiV 12’ was recently launched and is receiving good market response. 115 of these were tested on over 9 million km to ensure they’re ready for the Indian roads. Its powertrain, battery pack, and power electronics are the same as the E1 model. The biggest benefit is scalability, which allows the bus to be designed with a range of 150-300 km, and even 500 km per day by using its double-gun charging system.
Switch boasts of the lowest TCO on its vehicles by utilizing local supply chains and component sources. India is and will be Switch’s main market, and so it’s looking to strengthen the charging infrastructure for EVs. It promotes open charging protocol, which means it will be sharing its charging infrastructure with its rivals and vice-versa.
For the e-LCV category, Switch Mobility is set to electrify its successful platforms on Ashok Leyland, called ‘Dost’ and ‘Bada Dost’ to enter into the e-LCV market within this financial year. Switch also subscribes to the ‘net zero’ vision and plans on attaining it in everything that it creates. That’s why it will deliver of e-buses in Bangalore by using 80% renewable energy for their charging requirements.
Switch Mobility Ltd.’s CEO & COO, Mahesh Babu summarized their ‘net zero’ mission by saying, “Switch’s target is to be a net zero company; we want to democratize zero carbon mobility where we want common people to use public transport in a more sustainable way which perfectly fits in to what the government and the industry wants to do.”