Mumbai’s first electric AC double decker bus is expected to be launched in the first week of August. As per reports on the internet, the launch is being planned for the foundation day of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) on 7th August.
Last year, Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray had announced that every bus to be included in the BEST fleet would be an electric bus, and the entire fleet would be converted to electric buses by 2028.
According to a report in TOI, each double-decker bus will have a capacity of 78-90 passengers. At present, 48 non-AC double-deckers are carrying passengers on 16 routes across Mumbai.
Around 55 places have been selected for charging electric vehicles in the city. “More charging stations will be set up in the next 3 to 4 months through Public Private Partnership. It will also enable the general public to charge their vehicles,” the report quoted BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra as saying.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government recently introduced 1,500 low-floor electric buses to its public transport fleet. 10 sites across the city have been allotted by the government to agencies to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations. An official said in a statement that this order comes under the Delhi EV Policy 2020.
Apart from this, the government also approved to run 75 inter-state buses on 11 routes in five states and one union territory.
The 10 sites allotted to various service providers for setting up EV charging and battery swapping stations are Ambedkar Nagar Depot, Jal Vihar Terminal, Dilshad Garden Terminal, Karawal Nagar Terminal, Shadipur Depot, Mayapuri Depot, Bindpur Terminal, East Vinod Nagar, Punjabi. Bagh, and Rohini Depot-I. Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) through a competitive bidding process has identified four service providers who will soon sign an agreement with DTC to set up EV charging/battery swapping stations at these locations. The DTC board also resolved to provide in-principle approval for procurement of 75 (38 non-AC and 37 AC) CNG standard floor buses for interstate operations.
After Mumbai, it will get its first double-decker electric bus in August: The report first appeared on BGR India.