Indian electric bus manufacturer Olectra has added 150 more vehicles 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 announces it is confident of adding another 350 buses to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) in the next few months.

Olectra is operating electric buses in Mumbai and Nagpur in Maharastra and clocked over three crore kilometres as on January 31, 2022.

Currently, Olectra says it has an order for 1,523 electric buses from various STUs. It is planning to enter into an inter-city / inter-state private transport segment and staff transportation segment in private sector.  It is the only manufacturer of tarmac electric buses in airports. In the past years Olectra has been cooperating with BYD, with plans to realize a new plant for a 5,000 vehicles/year capacity.

Olectra, 1,500 e-buses in the order book

The company has already delivered over 600 electric buses to various state transport undertakings (STUs) and covered more than five crore kilometres on Indian roads. Olectra is the first to introduce 7, 9, and 12-metre electric AC buses in India.

With a growing demand for electric buses from STUs and the private sector, the company has planned a massive expansion. It acquired 150 acres from the Government of Telangana to establish a state-of-the-art, fully-automated robotic manufacturing plant. The company plans to manufacture 10,000 buses per year with the expanded capacity. The company has major plans to expand its product line by launching trucks, LCVs, three-wheelers and other EV products.

33 seated passengers on Olectra electric buses

These 12-metre Air-Conditioned buses delivered in Pune have a seating capacity of 33+Driver. The buses are equipped with CCTV cameras to ensure the safety of the commuters. An emergency button and USB Sockets for each seat have been provided. The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery installed in the bus enables it to travel around 200 km on a single charge, based on traffic and passenger load conditions, Olectra says (kWh capacity is not specified). The technologically-advanced bus has a regenerative braking system which allows the bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. The high-power AC & DC charging system enables the battery to recharge in 3-4 hours fully.

Olectra deploys electric buses in Pune

While announcing the deployment of the buses, Olectra Greentech Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mr. K V Pradeep said, “Olectra is proud to add another 150 electric buses to its fleet in Pune city to the current fleet of 150 buses. Our buses would now contribute to preserving the rich heritage of Pune city. Olectra is committed to its efforts in reducing pollution levels through zero noise pollution and minimising carbon emissions through an efficient electric public transport system. Our Electric buses have already proved their reliability and efficiency, as they have been successfully operated over 2 crore km in Pune alone.”

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