BMTC plans to introduce 300 electric buses
BMTC plans to introduce 300 electric buses – Under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) had decided to install 300 A/C electric buses, to support the mission of green mobility replacing the Volvo buses that produces emission and creates a lot of disturbance to the nature.
BMTC plans to introduce 300 electric buses has 825 Volvo buses for Vajra and Vayu Vajra (airport) services. Each Volvo bus cost around Rs1 crore. The operational cost of an electric A/C bus, including cost of power, conductor’s salary and GST, in electric vehicle, would be between Rs 60 and Rs 63 per km, lower than Rs 75 to Rs 80 per km for a Volvo A/C diesel bus.
“The operational and maintenance cost is high for Volvo diesel buses. There are technical issues and breakdowns. So in this manner electric buses are more feasible option,” said an official.
Sources say 300 A/C electric low-floor buses (12metre, 37 seater) will be deployed on routes like airport, outer ring road, Electronics City and Whitefield. Fares of electric A/C buses will be the same as Volvo buses as BMTC is not in a position to reduce them.
BMTC has decided to scrap 1,089 non-AC buses this year. Sources said six companies — Olectra Greentech Ltd, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Edison Motors, JBM Group and AMS Electric Mobility Limited — have shown interest in the deal, the first e-bus may hit the road by April 2020.