Switch Mobility, a company under the Hinduja Group and a manufacturer of next-generation buses and light commercial vehicles, has secured an order for 70 electric buses from Stagecoach, a prominent UK bus and coach operator.
The order comprises 10 Switch Metrocity 9.5-meter electric buses, scheduled for operation on Route W11 in London, and 60 Slimline Solo 8.5-meter Euro 6 certified buses, sold under the Optare brand, now integrated into Switch Mobility. These Solo buses will assist Stagecoach in replacing a portion of their extensive fleet of Solo buses across the country. The Metrocity buses are set to commence operation in early 2024, while the Solo buses will hit the roads in the first half of 2024.
Featuring the latest NMC battery technology, the Switch Metrocity is touted as one of the most efficient electric buses in its class, recently upgraded to enhance efficiency and extend its range to up to 170 miles (273 km). The Optare Solo, with over 4,000 units produced, is one of the UK’s most recognizable buses. The 8.5-meter slimline variant will be manufactured to meet Stagecoach’s precise requirements and offer seating for 28 passengers.
Mahesh Babu, CEO of Switch Mobility, stated that Stagecoach’s repeat order for the Metrocity electric bus underscores the efficiency and versatility of the Metrocity. While Switch Mobility focuses on engineering and delivering highly efficient electric buses, they recognize that operators like Stagecoach are continually seeking ways to reduce environmental impact and enhance fleet efficiency. Therefore, they have decided to resume production of their renowned Solo product and support Stagecoach in replacing a part of their existing Solo fleet.
Sam Greer, COO of Stagecoach, expressed their pleasure in adding 70 low-emission vehicles to their fleet. This move aligns with their sustainability targets of achieving zero emissions by 2050 and transitioning to a fully electric bus fleet by 2035.
With the addition of 10 advanced Metrocity e-buses and 60 Slimline Solo Euro 6 certified buses, both companies demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the efficiency of public transportation.