Switch Mobility to supply 300 e-buses to Bengaluru

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Switch Mobility, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, is is to supply and operate 300 12-metre electric buses for BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation) in India. The fleet and charging infrastructure will be supplied, operated and maintained by Switch for a period of 12 years on a gross cost contract (GCC) model. The new buses promise to make commuting more comfortable for the people of Bengaluru and are expected to reduce fuel consumption by around 5.5 million litres annually, leading to a reduction in carbon emissions by more than 14,500 tonnes per year alongside cost savings for BMTC.

Switch said the contract further reinforces its vision to be a global technology leader, providing net zero carbon commercial mobility products and solutions that create outstanding value for all stake holders. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility, said: “Switch is proud to serve the city of Bengaluru with a new fleet of technologically advanced electric buses. All Switch vehicles are zero-emission, but we set the bar much higher, aiming for net zero carbon across all of our operations. Passengers on our vehicles can travel in the comfort of knowing that their journey will emit no CO2 to impact the planet.”

Mahesh Babu, COO of Switch Mobility and CEO of Switch Mobility India, commented: “Switch is delighted to partner with BMTC as we work towards a common goal of sustainability. Through the deployment of 300 of our zero tail-pipe emission electric buses, Switch will play a central role in reducing carbon in the city of Bengaluru. The cost of ownership and the product experience that we can deliver is amongst the best in the sector and our ability to bring value to customers like BMTC, combined with our superior technology and innovation, will help us to serve many more such customers in the future.”