EKA, an electric vehicle manufacturing & technology company, today launched its newest 9-metre pure electric & zero-emission bus, EKA E9. The E9, EKA’s first battery-electric bus, features a new streamlined vehicle design, maximized power & range due to its monocoque stainless steel chassis and complete composite structure. This electric bus has Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) lower than existing Internal Combustion engine powered buses, as stated by the company.
EKA E9 comes with both front and rear air suspension with ECAS. With 2500 mm width, 31+D +Wheelchair (equipped with wheelchair ramp), the bus offers ample space for passenger (seating + standing) movement. The low entry / exit steps are ergonomically designed with kneeling features with lowest 650 mm floor height, making them extremely comfortable & accessible for the elderly, children, women & specially abled passengers. The enhanced ergonomics in driver’s cockpit, auto-drive feature, power-assisted with tilting and telescopic steering and all in one central console, provides riders and drivers with a smoother riding experience.
The EKA E9 features a smiley front layout, stylish waver side panel and bigger glasses for panoramic views, giving it a more welcoming & futuristic appeal. EKA E9 is powered by an electric motor that generates maximum power of 200 KW and torque of 2500 NM, offering faster acceleration, more horsepower, greater traction power, industry-leading reliability, along with 17% gradeability to can tackle any terrain and a regenerative braking system.
With an advance chemistry powerful Li-Ion battery suitable for city operation, the battery system is safe, durable, and efficient. EKA E9 is also equipped with a vehicle control unit software designed in-house, with an integrated strategy for vehicle features.
Given the lightweight stainless steel monocoque chassis, the bus boasts phenomenal structural strength & durability, the composite body panels being rust-free, unlike traditional buses. EKA E9’s best in class safety features include Front and Rear Disc Brakes with EBS, CCS2 protocol fast charger, 4 Cameras, Emergency stop button, Fire extinguisher, Automatic Driver assistance system (ADAS). Designed with lowest centre of gravity, EKA E9 ensures stability at high speeds and turns and is easy to drive in the crowded and congested city traffic.
EKA is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries, India’s leading automotive seating, interiors & speciality vehicles company, and is one of the only commercial vehicle manufacturers approved under the Champion OEM Scheme & EV component manufacturing scheme of the Government of India’s Auto PLI policy.