Switch Mobility launches 12m-long BEV single-decker 21 June 2022

The SWITCH e1 is said to be the company’s first fully electric bus designed specifically for the European market.

Boasting a monocoque design, the SWITCH e1 is said to be one of the lightest 12m buses in Europe at less than 10,800kg, coupled with a range of around 390km from a 389kWh battery and ZF hub motors. Fast charging is achieved in under 3 hours and AC charging in 7 hours. NMC battery technology provides a lighter weight and higher density solution than conventional LFP batteries, delivering a lower total cost of ownership.

The SWITCH e1 will be manufactured at the company’s new manufacturing and technical centre in Valladolid, Spain. The vehicle is adaptable and boasts a flexible seating layout which has been engineered to enable easy ingress and egress. With capacity for up to 93 passengers, including up to 30 seated. The interior layout and ultra-low floor throughout improve wheelchair access which is available through both the front and middle doors, a unique feature within this segment.

Passengers and drivers can also enjoy the double skin heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts, directing airflow towards the occupants, reducing wastage, and increasing efficiency.

Developing the SWITCH e1 as a completely new product has also enabled the latest driver aids and safety features to be integrated. Electronic stability control and electronic braking system provide a confident driving experience whilst blind spot monitoring, collision detection and lane departure warning will maximise safety for drivers and passengers alike.

The SWITCH e1 is adaptable to any city to ensure fleets can be decarbonised, with customisable batteries to fit the desired range and modular roof-mounting for future expansion needs.

Transport Engineer

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