Switch to deploy 5,000 electric buses
The deal is considered one of the largest commitments for electric buses worldwide
Switch Mobility and Chalo, Indian transport technology company, are entering into a strategic collaboration for the deployment of 5,000 electric buses across India.
The MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Chalo has been signed for an initial period of three years and the buses will be deployed across districts and cities in India where Chalo operate. Switch will supply variants of the recently launched EiV12 as part of the supply agreement. The delivery and operation of these electric buses is intended to support India’s plans to decarbonise public transportation.
“The signing of this MoU with Chalo firmly establishes Switch as one of the pre-eminent manufacturers of zero-emissions buses globally” – Andy Palmer, CEO Switch Mobility
Andy Palmer, CEO Switch Mobility, said: “The signing of this MoU with Chalo firmly establishes Switch as one of the pre-eminent manufacturers of zero-emissions buses globally. Our engineering expertise across the UK, Europe and India and new product range across all three of our key markets leaves us well positioned to continue to grow our order bank and meet the challenges authorities and operators face in decarbonizing their bus network.”
“The changing mobility landscape in India is significantly altering the way people travel within cities” – Mahesh Babu, CEO – Switch Mobility India & COO – Switch Mobility
Mahesh Babu, CEO – Switch Mobility India & COO – Switch Mobility, said: “The changing mobility landscape in India is significantly altering the way people travel within cities. Given our vision to accelerate the adoption of clean, sustainable electric transportation solutions, we are delighted to partner with Chalo for a first of its kind partnership in this space. We aim to transform the urban mobility in the country by leveraging Chalo’s strong customer connect and operational expertise along with our technologically advanced electric vehicle products. This significant partnership of 5,000 electric buses, will certainly open up access to affordable, comfortable, hassle-free and environmentally friendly transport solutions, while enhancing the overall customer experience.’’
“Growing bus fleets and providing high-quality buses are key to achieving Chalo’s purpose of making travel better for everyone” – Mohit Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Chalo
Mohit Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Chalo, said, “Buses make up for 48% of India’s daily travel, and yet we have just 3 buses for 10,000 people. Growing bus fleets and providing high-quality buses are key to achieving Chalo’s purpose of making travel better for everyone. Last year we finalised a project to add 1,000 new buses in three of our cities. Today, we are glad to partner with Switch on a scale that is 5x larger. The travel experience in these buses will be at par with global cities like Hong Kong and Singapore. We are confident that this collaboration will propel our collective journey towards building sustainable cities.”
Chalo is to deploy its consumer technology solutions with these 5,000 buses, such as the Chalo App and the Chalo Card, offering conveniences such as live bus tracking, digital tickets, and travel plans; and also determine routes, frequency, schedules and fares. Switch’s responsibilities include the supply and maintenance of the state-of-the-art electric buses.