ABB AND ASHOK LEYLAND TEAM UP FOR GREENER ELECTRIC BUSES
Ashok Leyland, flagship of Hinduja Group, and ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to expand the eco-system for efficient and greener electric bus transportation systems in India. The MoU outlines a partnership to develop a pilot electric bus based on ABB’s flash-charge technology, TOSA, which tops up the battery in just seconds.
The Indian Government is promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs), in some cases planning on mandating it, to reach 30 per cent penetration of EVs by 2030. For operators, the switch to electric is a big ask. To solve this problem, Ashok Leyland – India’s largest bus manufacturer, and the fourth largest manufacturer of buses in the world – will develop and manufacture electric buses with ABB’s TOSA technology along with operational support and service. “We are pushing the boundaries of e-mobility with our flash-charging technology TOSA for buses to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and sustainable future. We are pleased to be working with Ashok Leyland in advancing responsible urban mobility,” said Mr. N. Venu, Managing Director, ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited (ABB Power Grids’ business in India).
TOSA at selected passenger stops connects the bus to the charging infrastructure, and in a mere 15 seconds the batteries are charged with a 600-kilowatt power boost. An additional few minutes charge at the final terminal enables a full recharge without interrupting the bus schedule. ABB states TOSA can save as much as 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide on a line covering 600,000 kilometers per year. ABB is also providing its ABB Ability™ Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software solution for asset optimization, as well as its ABB Ability Network Manager Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the power network for charging stations and e-buses. On its part, Ashok Leyland will be providing vehicle, energy and EV related technical information using its iAlert Platform. This will further optimize maintenance processes, enable a fast response to fault incidents and better predict maintenance and performance needs. The overall solutions are equipped with remote access and 'cloud' capabilities and is scalable to meet future needs.
ABB Power Grids’ business in India is responsible for planning, design, engineering installation and commissioning of the TOSA charging system under the MoU. Ashok Leyland will have the scope of manufacturing and supplying electrics buses compatible with TOSA technology.