Himachal Roadways launches e-bus on Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route

| Updated on: Jan 10, 2018


Goldstone-BYD gets more orders

Goldstone Infratech Ltd has announced that its ‘zero emission’ electric bus has begun operating for Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation.

The 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 was flagged off by GS Bali, Himachal Pradesh Minister of Transport, at Kullu on the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route.

Successful trial runs This bus has the distinction of successfully completing trials on steep gradients and at altitudes above 13,000 feet for the first time in the country.

Made by Hyderabad-based Goldstone Infratech Ltd, these electric vehicles have been certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), after extensive testing. The electric buses are manufactured in a tie-up with Chinese firm BYD Auto Industry Co Ltd, which is the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world.

Each bus can run over 200 km on a single charge and can be recharged in less than four hours because of its fast charging technology.

These buses use lithium ion phosphate battery, which ensures longer lifetime, better power density and is safe on account of chemical and thermal stability. Anand Swaroop, Chief Operating Officer, Goldstone Infratech Ltd, said: “We are sure these electric buses plying at such high altitude will become a benchmark for every State transport undertaking. “This will prompt faster adoption of electric public transport system in the country for of environment protection.”

Rising demand In August this year, a 12-metre, low-floor AC electric bus from Goldstone-BYD successfully completed trials with the Chandigarh transport undertaking.

Goldstone-BYD also conducted trials of its electric buses in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Rajkot.

The company will supply 25 electric buses to the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation.

The company has also received order for six electric buses from Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).

BYD Company Limited, parent of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited, is a listed outfit and rated among top 500 Chinese enterprises specialising in IT, automobile, new energy and light rail areas.

Published on September 22, 2017
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