Switch Mobility Ltd, a carbon neutral electric bus and light commercial vehicle company, has unveiled the new, 4th generation SWITCH e1 bus. The fully electric bus is tailored to the European market.
The bus features a 389kWh battery capacity and ZF hub motors. Fast charging is achieved in under 3 hours and A/C charging in 7 hours. It hasa range of around 390km.
12m in length, it has capacity for up to 93 passengers – including up to 30 seated.
It also benefits from Switch’s market-leading technology including iAlert, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as digital battery management tools.
The SWITCH e1 will be manufactured at the company’s new manufacturing and technical centre in Valladolid, Spain.
Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility, says: “The Hinduja Group and Ashok Leyland are committed to providing zero carbon mobility through Switch. Today is a significant milestone for us, with the launch of our first European Bus. Switch is dedicated to the development of new electric buses and light vehicles for multiple geographies and price points including, Europe, UK, India and elsewhere that will be launched over the next few months.”
Andy Palmer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd, adds: “We are proud to continue innovating the sector with not only one of the lightest widely available buses in Europe, but our first fully electric bus designed specifically for the European market. The SWITCH e1 is the result of learning from the 30 million electric miles our buses have covered, delivering a state-of-the-art transport solution designed with a customer first mindset. Switch continues to enable cities to meet net zero targets, allow operators to maximise efficiency whilst minimising costs and ensure drivers and passengers experience unrivalled comfort.”
Switch’s first manufacturing plant in continental Europe will comprise two state of the art production lines and will be entirely carbon neutral from inception.