Hon. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the Smart Electric Bus, an indigenous technology developed by the India headquartered global technology company, KPIT Technology Ltd, at the Indian Parliament on the 21st of December 2015. This project was initiated by India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Shri. Nitin Gadkari.
The Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) supported this project to validate and ensure that the electric bus technology is safe, reliable and well suited for Indian road conditions. This initiative is inspired by Shri. Nitin Gadkari’s call to the industry and research organizations to develop indigenous, innovative and pollution free public transport for India. KPIT’s Smart Electric Bus enables clean mobility and is aligned with the Indian government’s initiatives of Make in India, Smart Cities and Swachh Bharat
Speaking at the event, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, said,” The ever rising concerns about environment & global warming have been discussed at various global forums in numerously across the world till date. The challenge lying ahead of governments is to find sustainable solutions to the environment challenges having adverse effects on human lives globally.
With the launch of this electric bus which will benefit India’s Make in India initiative, we are putting our efforts in aligning with that pledge. With KPIT’s indigenous technology and years of research efforts, they have been successful in creating the electric bus which is almost noiseless. With this launch, we not only aim to transform the face of public transportation system in India, but cleanse our environment using Research & Technology projects.”
Two such electric buses were presented to the Indian Parliament by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India, for the members of parliament to experience green & intelligent technology. The unique electric system can be installed on new and existing buses to convert them into electric ones. This solution can help cities /bus operators address the critical problem of replacing existing (old) buses and also tackle the issue of high costs of procuring new electric buses.
About the Electric Bus & the technology:
The indigenously developed electric system with the IP being owned by KPIT, consists of components like Motors, Lithium ion batteries and a power transmission unit. It is a versatile system and features like range (100 km to 200km), top speed (upto 100kmph), air conditioning etc. can be configured as required. This system is being designed to work in all bus formats, i.e. front engine and rear engine, high floor and low floor etc.
Major Benefits from this technology would be -
1. Zero Emissions
2. Increased passenger comfort
3. Low maintenance
4. Versatile design to meet customer requirement
Replacing one diesel bus with an electric bus can save carbon dioxide emissions up to 48,000 kg a year which is equal to planting 2400 trees annually. It will also save diesel worth Rs. 10 lakh a year.
KPIT has also signed a MOU with the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT for guidance on road testing and also to leverage their large experience of public transport.
KPIT has been working on alternate fuel technologies for more than 5 years and has filed 20+ patents in this field. In addition to the Electric system for buses, KPIT has also developed a ‘Non Plug – in’ parallel Electric Hybrid system which can convert existing buses to hybrids and a Plugin parallel electric hybrid system for cars. These systems provide up to 20% and 35% improvement in fuel efficiency respectively.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Tai Mahajan, Shri L K Advani, Shri Nitin Gadkari (MoRTH), were with other honorable members of the parliament experienced the bus during the inauguration function. Bureaucrats from MoRTH including Shri. Vijay Chibber, Shri. Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, Shri. Abhay Damle and few state transport secretaries were also present during the august gathering.
Speaking at the event, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, said, “With rising pollution levels and growing urbanization in the country, the government is committed to identifying and promoting sustainable solutions to make public transportation environment friendly while keeping it affordable. It is our effort to convert 1.5 lakh diesel buses into electric battery-operated buses, and we believe this Smart Electric Bus technology is an effective step toward that direction. This technology can be a potential game-changer for putting the ‘Make in India’ label on the world map. “