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Switch Mobility unveils 'SWITCH e1' e-bus designed for the European market

SWITCH e1, Switch Mobility's first fully electric bus launched specifically for the European market. Image source: Switch Mobility Ltd.

Electric bus and light commercial vehicle manufacturer, Switch Mobility Ltd on Tuesday unveiled the new, 4th generation 'SWITCH e1' bus, the company's first fully electric bus designed exclusively for the European market. 

The SWITCH e1 bus will be manufactured at the company's new manufacturing and technical centre in Valladolid, Spain. 

 "Developed based on 10-years of EV bus experience in the U.K. and India and over 30 million driven miles, SWITCH e1 raises the standards of quality and performance in the segment," Switch Mobility said in a statement.

"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," commented Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility.

The fully electric bus made its debut at the European Mobility Expo and combines a lightweight monocoque design, with a range of around 390km from a 389 kWh battery and ZF hub motors. The bus uses advanced NMC battery technology and achieves fast charging in under 3-hours and A/C charging in 7-hours.

Designed for 93 passengers, including up to 30-seated passengers the e-bus  is one of the lightest 12m buses in Europe weighing less than 10,800kg.

"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," said Andy Palmer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd. "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."

Author : Shraddha Kakade
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