Ashok Leyland Optare Versa EV unveiled in India
Versa EV low-floor electric bus is suited for feeder, airport tarmac and intra-city use. The zero emissions and zero noise offering matches diesel vehicle performance while being environment friendly. Versa EV can accommodate up to 44 seats without compromising fuel efficiency and maneuverability. The low-weight integral structured Versa EV is available in lengths of 9.7m, 10.4m, 11.1m and 11.8m.
Versa EV travel comforts for city passengers include a low-floor and wide door for single-step entry. Optimised seating arrangement caters to dedicated space for wheel chair access. Foldable ramp eases passenger movement and reduces stoppage time at bus stops. Mechanically controlled air suspension, seat mounted stanchions, regenerative braking, charging points and on-board Wi-Fi make commute more user friendly.
T. Venkataraman- Sr. Vice President, Global Buses, Ashok Leyland says this is an opportune time to introduce an electric bus as awareness and sensitivity around environment safety and carbon footprints increases. Versa EV can aid Indian government make urban transport efficient and reduce the country’s carbon footprint. He took pride in bringing Versa EV to India to aid improve urban public transport. Ashok Leyland also showcased its 12m FESLF CNG (front-engine, semi low-floor, compressed natural gas) and MiTR School bus.
12m FESLF CNG bus features a fire detection and suppression system (FDSS), fail-safe electrical system control, fault diagnostic system, and Intelligent Driver System (IDIS). Fitted with a ‘H’ series, 6-cylinder CNG BS IV-220 HP MPFI and TCIC engine,front parabolic spring suspension and a rear air suspension with shock absorbers, tubeless radial tyres 295/80 R22.5 16PR, 720 litres cylinder water capacity and an engine-driven air-conditioning system, it’s a low maintenance CNG bus that’s suited as a feeder and city transport bus.