EKA, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries and a manufacturer of electric vehicles and technologies, has unveiled the EKA E9, a 9-meter pure electric and zero-emission bus.
Because of its monocoque stainless steel chassis and complete composite structure, the E9, EKA’s first battery-electric bus, has a new streamlined vehicle design with maximised power and range.
EKA E9 claims to bring sustainability and profitability to all stakeholders with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than conventional Internal combustion engine powered buses.
The bus was unveiled by Aaditya Thackeray, minister of tourism, environment & protocol, Government of Maharashtra, and Sudhir Mehta, chairman, EKA & Pinnacle Industries Limited, at The Pune Alternate Fuel Conclave (AFC), an initiative of the Government of Maharashtra, organised by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), in association with Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
“With the launch of E9, EKA is committed to providing a solid platform for sustainable and efficient public transport in cities around the world, along with reliable and profitable operations for customers,” said a statement from the company.
“As customers are moving to electric vehicles, our E9 pure electric bus provides a uniquely designed, optimized, indigenous product made in India with innovative monocoque stainless steel chassis that ensures best in class corrosion-free life, low noise, and vibrations, refined composite bus body design and an emphasis on safety, profitability, efficacy, reliability & performance,” it added.
The new electric bus comes with both front and rear air suspension with ECAS. With 2500 mm width, 31+D +Wheelchair (equipped with wheelchair ramp), the bus offers ample space for passenger (seating + standing) movement. The low entry / exit steps are ergonomically designed with kneeling features with lowest 650 mm floor height, making them comfortable and accessible for the elderly, children, women & specially-abled passengers.
Speaking at the launch, Sudhir Mehta, chairman, EKA & Pinnacle Industries Limited, said: “Electrification of commercial vehicles, public transport, especially the bus sector, is key to India’s decarbonization strategy. Today, we are excited to launch our first electric bus EKA E9, to empower cities to achieve their zero-emissions targets. Our buses are designed and optimized to provide the best ride experience, cleaner environment, and best returns to the customers. With the new EKA E9, we offer a global platform for clean, efficient, and profitable public transport to meet the rising demand on important markets that are ready for the shift to electromobility.”
EKA is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries, India’s leading automotive seating, interiors & speciality vehicles company.