OLECTRA adds 150 more electric buses to its Pune fleet – pv magazine International
Olectra’s fleet of 300 electric city buses in Pune is the largest of any Indian city.
Olectra Greentech Limited (OLECTRA) has added 150 more electric buses to its fleet in Pune. Olectra’s total fleet of 300 electric buses in Pune is the largest in the segment compared to any city in India. The company is confident to add 350 more buses to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMMPL) in the coming months. Olectra operates electric buses in Mumbai and Nagpur in Maharashtra and has traveled over three crore kilometers as of January 31, 2022.
The company has already delivered more than 600 electric buses to various State Transport Companies (STUs) and driven more than five crore kilometers on Indian roads. Olectra is the first to introduce 7, 9 and 12 meter AC electric buses in India. Currently, it has an order for 1,523 electric buses from various STUs. It plans to enter a private intercity/interstate transportation segment and a personnel transportation segment in the private sector. It is the only manufacturer of electric tarmac buses at airports.
With growing demand for electric buses from STUs and the private sector, the company has planned massive expansion. It acquired 150 acres from the Telangana government to establish a state-of-the-art, fully automated robotic manufacturing plant. The Olectra plans to manufacture 10,000 buses per year with the expanded capacity. The company has big plans to expand its product line by launching trucks, LCVs, three-wheelers and other EV products.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated a fleet of 150 electric buses from Olectra in Pune for public transport. It also inaugurated a state-of-the-art electric bus depot and charging station in Baner during the program.
The Prime Minister called on the nation to encourage electric mobility to overcome the difficulties of rising diesel prices and reduce carbon emissions. He unveiled a vision for the country’s growing cities where the government is committed to providing a better opportunity for greener transport, electric buses, electric cars and electric two-wheelers.
Olectra is the pioneer and a major player in electric mobility in India. Olectra also successfully operates the electric bus fleet in Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Silvassa, Goa, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Dehradun.
With the addition of 150 new electric buses, citizens of Pune city will experience a quiet ride. These buses will contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the city. Urban public transport is one of the main causes of pollution in the world. The buses run on electricity as fuel and are zero-emission vehicles. They have several safety devices, built into them.
As the response from commuters in several cities is very encouraging, many transport organizations are willing to increase the fleet of electric buses.
While announcing the deployment of the buses, Chairman and Managing Director of Olectra Greentech Limited, Mr. KV Pradeep said, “Olectra is proud to add 150 more electric buses to its fleet in the city of Pune to the current fleet. of 150 buses. Our buses would now help preserve the rich heritage of the city of Pune. Olectra is committed to reducing pollution levels through zero noise pollution and minimizing carbon emissions through an efficient electric public transportation system. Our electric buses have already proven their reliability and efficiency as they have been successfully operated for over 2 crore km in Pune alone. »
These air-conditioned 12-meter buses have a capacity of 33 seats + driver. The electronically controlled air suspension ensures a comfortable ride. The buses are equipped with CCTV cameras to ensure the safety of commuters. An emergency button and USB sockets for each seat have been provided. The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery installed in the bus allows it to travel approximately 200 km on a single charge, depending on traffic conditions and passenger load. The state-of-the-art bus features a regenerative braking system that allows the bus to recover some of the kinetic energy lost during braking. The high power AC & DC charging system allows the battery to be fully charged in 3-4 hours.
About Olectra Greentech Limited (a MEIL Group company)
Founded in 2000, Olectra Greentech Limited (a listed company) – part of MEIL Group, was the first to introduce electric buses in India in 2015. It is also India’s largest manufacturer of rubber insulators of silicone/composite for energy transmission and distribution networks. .