Switch Mobility has launched its new, fourth generation Switch e1, a fully electric bus tailored to the European market.
The Switch e1 combines a lightweight monocoque construction with a 389kWh battery and ZF hub motors, with fast charging achieved in under three hours and A/C charging in seven hours.
Designed with a focus on passenger comfort, the vehicle is adaptable and has a flexible seating layout which has been engineered to enable easy ingress and egress.
There is capacity for up to 93 passengers – including up to 30 seated.
The interior layout and an ultra-low floor throughout improve wheelchair access which is available through both the front and middle doors.
It comes with iAlert, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as digital battery management tools.
There is also Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Braking System blind spot monitoring, collision detection and lane departure warning.
The 12m Switch e1 weighs less than 10,800kg, and has a range of about 390km.
It will be manufactured at the company’s new manufacturing and technical centre in Valladolid, Spain.
Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility, said, “The Hinduja Group and Ashok Leyland are committed to providing zero carbon mobility through Switch.
“This a significant milestone for us, with the launch of our first European Bus. 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.”