EKA, the manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles, unveiled its first e-bus E9 on Saturday. The e-bus was unveiled on Saturday by the Minister of Tourism and Environment in the Government of Maharashtra, Aaditya Thackeray, along with Sudhir Mehta, chairman of the EKA and Pinnacle Industries during the Pune Alternate Fuel Conclave (AFC). EKA is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries.
Organized by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), in conjunction with the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), the conclave is an initiative of the Government of Maharashtra.
EKA E9 is powered by a 200 kW electric motor, which offers faster acceleration, more horsepower, more pulling power and along with 17 percent climbing ability to tackle any terrain and a regenerative braking system, the company said in a release.
“Electrification of commercial vehicles, public transport, especially the bus sector is key to India’s decarbonisation strategy. Today we are excited to launch our first electric bus EKA E9, to enable cities to achieve their zero emission targets”, said Mehta.
Eka buses are designed and optimized to provide the best ride experience and return for customers, he said, adding: “With the new EKA E9, we are providing a global platform for clean, efficient and profitable public transport to to meet rising demand in key markets poised for the switch to electromobility.” EKA said its first battery-electric bus features a new streamlined vehicle design, maximized power and range and with a total cost of ownership (TCO) lower than existing internal combustion engine buses, the new vehicle promises to deliver durability and profitability to all stakeholders.