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Ashok Leyland wins double-decker EV deal

Chennai

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Ltd. (ALL) said its subsidiary Optare Plc has bagged an order from Transport for London (TfL) for 31 electric double-decker buses.

The OptareMetrodecker electric double-decker buses, to be bought by Metroline, will be added to the London fleet next summer.

The order, which was recently announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan at a national air quality summit, will help form the largest electric double-decker bus fleet in Europe, ALL said.

“Double-decker buses in London have been iconic and are a matter of prestige for the city. It is a moment of great pride not only for us but for our country, as our subsidiary, Optare wins such a crucial and environmentally significant order,” said Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland.

Optare, along with active involvement from Ashok Leyland’s engineering team, was at the forefront of e-mobility evolution, according to Ashok Leyland MD Vinod K. Dasari. “It proved that it has the technology prowess that is expected from one of the most challenging markets like the U.K,” he said.

“Our commitment and investment in Optare was a strategic move which will give us long-term benefits not only in terms of revenue but also in terms of developing the technology. E-mobility business for us is growing fast and Optare will play a crucial role in strengthening our leadership position globally,” he added.

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