E-Bus Alert! Hitachi and IIT Madras’ Electric Vision for Chennai’s Roads!

October 31, 2023
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E-Bus Alert! Hitachi and IIT Madras' Electric Vision for Chennai's Roads!

So, Hitachi Energy’s gone and done it – they’ve set up their grandest tech and innovation center right here in Chennai. This place is massive, over 25,000 square meters, and it’s buzzing with the latest in electrification, automation, and all things digital. Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy, is pretty clear about what this means.”This center is all about pushing for a greener energy future,” he said.

Here’s the scoop: Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Ashok Leyland, and IIT Madras are teaming up for an e-bus pilot. They’re rolling out an electric bus loaded with Hitachi ABB’s flash-charging tech, Grid-eMotionTM Flash. Ashok Leyland’s bringing the e-bus to the party, and IITM’s got the charging setup covered. N Venu from Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India gave a shoutout to teamwork, saying it’s the way forward for India’s EV scene. “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. The aim is to provide a zero local emission mass public transportation bus system with high passenger capacity,” he said.

The e-bus pilot is all about making electric public transport a no-brainer. Traditional e-buses have had their hiccups, but flash-charging is the game-changer. It’s like a quick power-up while folks hop on and off. No more long charging breaks or swapping out buses. That means, indirectly, a boost to cleaner air.

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ABB Power Grids and Ashok Leyland have history. They’ve been on a mission to make city rides greener with electric buses. Dr. N Saravanan from Ashok Leyland said, “In our quest to remain at the forefront of technological advancements, we are collaborating with ABB to integrate their renowned TOSA technology into our e-buses.”

India’s aiming for 30% EVs by 2030, but there’s a lot of road to cover, especially in public transport. Collaborations like the IIT Madras e-bus pilot show the way. But hey, it’s a team effort. Tech, infrastructure, and green goals need to ride together. “The development of India’s e-mobility charging infrastructure and increased deployment of e-buses is key to meeting the demand for sustainable transport solutions across India’s rural and urban areas,” Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, noted.

Hitachi Energy and partners are making moves that could reshape how we think about city transport. It’s all about tech, collaboration, and a whole lot of electric vibes.

Sunita Somvanshi

With over two decades of dedicated service in the state environmental ministry, this seasoned professional has cultivated a discerning perspective on the intricate interplay between environmental considerations and diverse industries. Sunita is armed with a keen eye for pivotal details, her extensive experience uniquely positions her to offer insightful commentary on topics ranging from business sustainability and global trade's environmental impact to fostering partnerships, optimizing freight and transport for ecological efficiency, and delving into the realms of thermal management, logistics, carbon credits, and energy transition. Through her writing, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also provides a nuanced understanding of how businesses can harmonize with environmental imperatives, making her a crucial voice in the discourse on sustainable practices and the future of industry.

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