In a bid towards sustainability, IIT Madras has started its pilot project aimed towards creating an eco-friendly sustainable initiative. They have started running an electric bus to ferry students and teachers inside the campus.

For this electric bus pilot project, IIT Madras has collaborated with a tech firm Hitachi ABB Power Grids that is providing them with flash charging technology. They have also tied up with an automobile organisation Ashok Leyland for the bus.

N Saravanan, Chief Technology Officer at Ashok Leyland, was quoted by HT Auto where he mentioned that this combination of robust buses with electric propulsion technology and flash charging system could be a sustainable alternative for public transportation across the country. He also said that this tie-up will help in bringing the smart e-mobility ecosystem in the country.

The blaze charging system will enable the charging while passengers are hopping in and out. In places where charging facility is not available, this feature will help in reducing the requirement of frequent charging of the bus.

The fast charging technology is expected to save on carbon dioxide as much as 1,000 tonnes. of carbon dioxide on a line, covering 600,000 kilometers every year. It likewise helps in saving 30% of the working costs as compared to diesel-operated vehicles. It not only brings business incentive to administrators but also contributes towards the ecological cause.

Written by: Vartika Prasad