Indian commercial vehicle maker, Ashok Leyland unveiled India’s first indigenously designed and engineered electric bus called ‘Ashok Leyland Circuit’. This zero emission vehicle is developed in India, for India and by Indians.
The Ashok Leyland Circuit is a 100 per cent electric bus and leaves zero emissions upon operation. It is powered by Lithium-ion batteries, although the final power output hasn’t been revealed. This purely Indian-made electric vehicle has a range of 120km on a full charge of 3 hours. It can attain a top speed of 75 KMPH.
The Circuit bus can accommodate 31 passengers, unlike its diesel-powered Jan Bus Midi with only 22 seats. It comes with an on-board fire detection suppression system and full vehicle diagnostics. The bus is also fitted with advanced telematics making it safer for passengers and easier for operators to track.
For convenience of the passengers, the bus will have on-board Wi-Fi facility and an individual USB port for every seat to charge mobile devices as well. It is a big leap in mass public transport and we are glad that Ashok Leyland has come-up with a non-polluting vehicle with zero-emission which is purpose built for Indian conditions.
In April-2015, the company had announced to launch fully electric vehicles by January-2017 but now has delivered prior to the schedule date. The Circuit Series will be offered on multiple platforms which can be used in cities with minimum operational and maintenance costs.
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