Goldstone Infratech Bags Order From HRTC Worth INR 477.5 Million
Goldstone Infratech Ltd, a Hyderabad based company, announced that it has bagged its second order for supply of twenty-five (25) Pure Electric Buses to Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Shimla, at a price of INR 477.5 million excluding AMC charges.
HRTC plans to run these buses to ferry passengers in famous tourist locale Manali-Rohtang-Manali section, a scenic hilly terrain surrounded by snow peaks. This is a 110 km long stretch, which is equivalent to nearly 150-160 km on a plain terrain, with gradients up to 20% at an altitude of about 13000 ft in sub-zero temperatures. The proposed bus has to complete this journey on a single charge.
Goldstone has successfully completed trials of Midi electric bus in Manali-Rohtang pass. This is the first time any Pure Electric bus has been used at that altitude of over 13,000 ft and at such steep gradient anywhere in the world.
Goldstone shall be assembling these buses in India in tie-up with BYD Auto, China. The bus will be designed in India and the bus body shall be fully built in India.
In fact, Goldstone Infratech Ltd had received its first order for supply of six (6) Pure Electric Buses to Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking, Mumbai.
BEST is the civic transport and electricity provider public body based in Mumbai. This will be the first time Pure Electric buses will run in Mumbai and for that matter, it shall be first ever commercial run of such buses in Country. These buses will be environment friendly, running fully on batteries and shall reduce sound & air pollution. They will run for over 180 km on a single charge.
HRTC and BEST have been fully conscious of the alarming levels of pollution in cities and tourist hilly terrains. With inception of modern and reliable technology, constant efforts are being made, not only to keep pollution level under control but minimize it too.
Electric buses help in promoting public transport by providing superior customer experience with lower noise and zero emission to lower PM 2.5 pollution levels in the cities. Electric buses are also a step towards energy security for the country by saving diesel.
Incidentally, BYD is the largest manufacturer in the world for pure Electric vehicles including electric buses. BYD Company Limited ("BYD"), the parent company of BYD Auto, a public listed company, is one of the top 500 Chinese Enterprises specialized in IT, automobile, new energy and light rail. Founded in February 1995, BYD started out with rechargeable battery business and entered the automobile industry in 2003. Currently, BYD is the world's only automaker that simultaneously masters the technologies of batteries.
Goldstone Infratech Ltd, a public listed company, is the largest manufacturer in India for Silicone Rubber Insulators for power transmission and distribution networks and supplies to large transmission & distribution companies and Railways/Metro Rails in India and overseas. As of now, Goldstone is the only Indian company to have developed and supplied 800KV HVDC Silicone Rubber Insulators.
P.K.Srivastava, Head, e-bus Division, Goldstone Infratech Ltd said, "This tie-up of Goldstone Infratech with BYD on Making Pure Electric Buses in India is a path-breaking milestone, which shall go a long way as a Green Energy Initiative and shall be adopted by number of states to combat the pollution issues."
- Issued By:HIMACHAL ROAD TRANSPORT CORPORATION
- Bagged By:
- Region:Southern India
- Industry:Transport Equipment
- Value:INR 477.5 Million
- Published On:2017-02-27