The Hyderabad-headquartered Goldstone Infratech Ltd on Friday announced that its electric bus has joined the fleet of Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation.
“The state-of-the-art zero emission electric bus has officially started running under the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation,” the company said on Friday.
The 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 was flagged off by Himachal Pradesh Minister of Transport G.S. Bali. The bus, which has completed trials at a steep gradient and over 13,000 feet altitude, is being operated on the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route. Made in India by Goldstone Infratech, the bus has been certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), after extensive testing at part level and vehicle level at various testing facilities. The buses are manufactured in tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co Ltd. Each bus can run over 200 km on a single charge and can be recharged in less than four hours.
They are equipped with Lithium Iron Phosphate battery that ensures longer lifetime, better power density and is safe due to chemical and thermal stability.
Chief Operating Officer of Goldstone Infratech, Anand Swaroop, said the move would augment faster adoption of much-needed electric public transport system in the country.
In August this year, the 12-meter low floor AC electric bus from Goldstone-BYD successfully completed trials with Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. The Goldstone-BYD had also carried out successful trials of its electric buses in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Rajkot. The company would be supplying 25 electric buses to HRTC. It has also received order for six electric buses from Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).