The CV maker will test pilot ABB's flash-charging technology TOSA on its electric bus along with its iAlert platform to boost EV adoption in the country
Ashok Leyland has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB to use its TOSA flash charging technology and boost e-mobility adoption in the country. Ashok Leyland has developed a pilot electric bus with TOSA flash charge technology which can top up e-bus battery charge by the time passengers hope on or hop off.
The Indian government has set an ambitious target to reach 30 % penetration of electric vehicles by 2030. Battery operated buses are expected to maximise passenger load carrying capacity as well as running time to make the total cost of operation economically viable. TOSA system connects the bus to the charging infrastructure at selected passenger stops, and recharge the battery in just 15 seconds with a 600 kW power boost. TOSA also avoids the need to take the vehicle out of service for battery recharging or keeping a replacement bus ready.
Ashok Leyland will use its iAlert platform to offer vehicle, energy and EV related technical information. iAlert platform will optimise 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.
Venu, Managing Director, ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited (ABB Power Grids’ business in India), said the aim is to provide a zero local emission mass public transportation bus system with high passenger capacity.
Dr. N Saravanan, Chief Technology Officer, Ashok Leyland, said the TOSA solution will enable charging the battery in seconds that will boost our vision to expand horizons in EV spac