Tuesday, 2 July 2019

KAL to start making e-buses in 9 months

2/7/2019

PUNE: The public sector Kerala Automobiles Limited’s (KAL) plant at Aralumoodu, near Neyyattinkara, here will commence manufacture of electric buses for the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in nine months.The e-buses are being manufactured by entering into an agreement with Swiss e-bus manufacturer HESS.

MoU

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the ‘Evolve: Kerala mobility conference and expo’ in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Kochi on June 29.
“The plan is to manufacture the e-buses initially needed for the KSRTC. The State transport undertaking needs 3,000 e-buses,” Chairman of KAL Karamana Hari and Managing Director A. Shajahan told a press conference. 

It is the first time that the State PSU is venturing into the manufacture of e-buses with tie-up with a European company. The aim of stepping into production of e-vehicles with the commercial production of electric three-wheeler was to migrate as automobile manufacturer of the new era, he said. The Chief Minister will kick off the commercial production of ‘Kerala Neem G,’ the three-seater environmental friendly autorickshaw being manufactured by KAL, on July 10.

Vijayan will also inaugurate the modernised machine shop that has been set up on the KAL premises at 7 crore. KAL has secured the nod from Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) for the three-wheeler e-auto. The KAL chairman and Managing Director says 8,000 e-autos will be rolled out from the Aralumoodu plant. 

The running cost per km will come to 50 paise, lower than the Rs 1.30- Rs.1.40 a km for petrol/diesel-powered vehicles.e months. The e-buses are being manufactured by entering into an agreement with Swiss e-bus manufacturer HESS.

MoU

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the ‘Evolve: Kerala mobility conference and expo’ in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Kochi on June 29.
“The plan is to manufacture the e-buses initially needed for the KSRTC. The State transport undertaking needs 3,000 e-buses,” Chairman of KAL Karamana Hari and Managing Director A. Shajahan told a press conference. It is the first time that the State PSU is venturing into the manufacture of e-buses with tie-up with a European company.

The aim of stepping into production of e-vehicles with the commercial production of electric three-wheeler was to migrate as automobile manufacturer of the new era, he said. The Chief Minister will kick off the commercial production of ‘Kerala Neem G,’ the three-seater environmental friendly autorickshaw being manufactured by KAL, on July 10.

Vijayan will also inaugurate the modernised machine shop that has been set up on the KAL premises at 7 crore. KAL has secured the nod from Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) for the three-wheeler e-auto. The KAL chairman and Managing Director says 8,000 e-autos will be rolled out from the Aralumoodu plant.
The running cost per km will come to 50 paise, lower than the Rs 1.30- Rs.1.40 a km for petrol/diesel-powered vehicles.

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