150 new e-buses to ply on metropolis roads by early 2021, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Surat: In accordance high precedence to its plan of changing the prevailing fleet of mass transport autos with electrical buses, the Surat Municipal Company (SMC) has floated tenders for procurement of 150 e-buses.By changing the current diesel-run fleet with e-buses, SMC hopes to scale back not solely its operational and upkeep price of about Rs 200 crore by not less than 60 per cent, but in addition curb air air pollution.
These e-buses are additionally noiseless which is able to cut back sound air pollution ranges within the metropolis.
The variety of buses will rise as much as 500 in coming three months. Speaking to TOI, Banchhanidhi Pani, municipal commissioner of Surat, mentioned, “The most important benefit for SMC from e-buses will likely be in decreasing operational and upkeep price. As these buses will likely be run solely from recharging, the capital price of those buses will likely be just a little excessive in comparison with different sorts, however discount in O&M price will make these buses extra viable then others.”
Extra so, below the continuing union ministry of heavy industries’ Fame II scheme, (Sooner Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid ) Electrical Autos) Surat will even get subsidy of Rs 45 lakh per bus, whereas the state authorities will give Rs 25 per km of the gross price.
The SMC may have shell out virtually one-third equal worth. An e-bus can price as much as Rs 1.70 crore per bus however would accommodate extra commuters than the prevailing diesel-run bus and ridership might go up by one other 1 lakh plying the identical routes. At current Surat has already floated tenders for 150 e-buses and plans to finish the process together with working a prototype on metropolis roads throughout the coming six months.
“We’re new first lot of e buses plying on metropolis roads by early 2021 with 50 charging stations,” mentioned a senior official.