Bengaluru is all set to become the first city in India to launch electric buses. Although the trial was launched back in February 2014, it took almost two years to approve this proposal.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has launched this initiative of using electric buses in the city in February 2014. But the proposal was delayed due to fear of high costs. But now this project is approved.
With that Bengaluru is geared up to become the first city in India to use such a large fleet of electric buses for city transportation.
Under this project, BMTC will be launching 150 electric buses. By using electric buses the emission level in the city may see a slight drop.
Ekroop Caur, BMTC Managing Director said, "The board of the BMTC on Friday gave an in-principle clearance to induct the electric buses. Electric buses are the future of mass transit. We are not in a position to rely on fossil fuels in the long run."
She added, "The electric buses are pollution-free and the maintenance and mechanical costs involved in operating these buses is very less compared to that of petro-diesel vehicles. The cost per kilometer will be Rs 8 where as for diesel it is Rs 18."
It is also speculated that the BMTC will set up the exclusive depot for electric buses with the essential infrastructure such as - recharging points and workshops.
She further said, "Two years ago, when the first electric bus was started on trial runs, the cost was very high. Now the electric buses are being manufactured in the country and we hope that we will get electric buses at a competitive price. In the Western countries, petro-diesel buses are being replaced by electric buses; even China is inducting electric buses in large numbers,"
BMTC has also dropped the plans of procuring new compressed natural gas run buses, as the cost of running these CNG buses are higher compared to the electric buses.