EKA, an electric vehicle manufacturing technology company and a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries claims to have received the CMVR certification for its 9m pure electric, zero-emission bus, EKA E9, from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
As per the company, it successfully completed all the required functional and safety testing and approvals to achieve the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) certification, which is a critical step for the company to start trials and sales of the 9m electric bus, EKA E9 to customers in the coming months.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Sudhir Mehta, Founder and Chairman, EKA by Pinnacle Mobility Solutions, said, “Having passed all certification tests in this short time frame is a truly monumental achievement by the whole team. We now look forward to ramping up our production and delivering our electric buses to our customers.”
The E9, EKA’s first battery-electric bus, features a new streamlined vehicle design and maximised power and; range due to its monocoque steel chassis and complete composite structure. With a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) lower than existing Internal Combustion engine-powered buses, EKA E9 promises to deliver sustainability and profitability to all stakeholders.
As per the company, with a capacity to seat 31 passengers and a driver, along with a standing capacity, EKA E9 also accommodates a wheelchair with a foldable ramp. With a 200-kilometre range on a single charge, the vehicle is also fuel cell capable. EKA E9 runs a proprietary in-house developed operating system software which is tested for reliability and ensures application-based configuration of the vehicle. Its modular architecture makes the E9 the bus that can be configured for multiple applications such as city buses, staff carriers, and school buses.