India-based KPIT Technologies is being awarded the “Promising Innovation in Transport Award” 2016 during the 2016 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany for developing a system that can convert new as well as existing diesel buses into full battery-electric buses. KPIT has 20+ global patents for this “Smart Electric Bus” technology.
KPIT’s smart electric bus technology is modular and versatile, making it possible to retrofit different vehicle types from mini-buses to large 12-meter public transport buses. The first electric bus retrofitted by KPIT was unveiled by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2015. Two such retrofitted buses are currently operated by the Indian Ministry for Road Transport and Highways.
|Hon. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi flags off the Smart Electric Bus at the Indian Parliament on 21 December 2015. Click to enlarge.|
India currently has more than 1.2 million buses in operation, with 50,000 being added every year. Most use diesel engines that contribute significantly to air pollution in Indian cities. Each diesel bus emits 48 tonnes of CO2 per year on average. Replacing 5,000 diesel buses in Indian cities with electric buses would reduce diesel consumption by 95 million liters and save 238,000 tonnes of CO2.