Andhra clears option to run 100 e-buses in Tirupati underneath FAME-II, Auto Information, Automobilnews
In a contemporary e-mobility push, the Andhra Pradesh State Street Transport Company has issued the Letter of Award to Evey Trans Non-public Restricted to function as many as 100 electrical buses in temple-town Tirupati underneath the Centre’s FAME-II scheme. Evey, which is a subsidiary of Olectra Greentech Restricted, has bagged the Rs 140 crore contract for a 12-year interval on Gross Price Contract foundation, the corporate stated.
In line with the corporate, out of 100, 50 e-buses shall be operated on the Tirupati-Tirumala ghat part and the remaining on inter-city routes to Nellore, Kadapa and Madanapalle from Tirupati.
The e-buses shall be rolled out over 12 months starting January 2022. Earlier in June this yr, the APSRTC invited bids from fleet operators for working 350 air-conditioned electrical buses in Tirupati (100), Visakhapatnam (100), Vijayawada (100) and Kakinada (50).“We couldn’t choose the operator for different cities because the charges they quoted had been excessive. So, we dropped the plan to ply 250 e-buses in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada,” APSRTC Managing Director Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao stated.
After reverse tendering and intense bargaining, Evey has been chosen to function 100 nine-metre e-buses from Tirupati, he stated.
In line with Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, the Centre on October 28 agreed to increase subsidy underneath Part-II of Quicker Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid&) Electrical Autos (FAME). Beneath FAME-II, the Centre grants a requirement incentive of Rs 55 lakh per bus.
Accordingly, the Evey bid was finalised, the RTC MD added. The RTC had in December 2019 aborted its first bid to induct electrical buses into its fleet after the statutory Judicial Preview Fee requested it to drop the transfer, objecting to the cost of Rs 45 lakh as subsidy per bus.
Judicial Preview Fee choose B Sivasankara Rao objected to it saying, “such monetary obligation of greater than Rs 157.50 crore (on the state authorities) is non-viable and such an enormous incentive is a loss to the exchequer.”
Accordingly, the RTC amended the bid proposal and dropped the subsidy clause. The RTC has put in solar energy vegetation at its depots in Madanapalle, Kakinada, Nandyala and Chittoor.After being awarded with the LoA from APSRTC, Olectra Chairman and Managing Director Ok V Pradeep stated their e-buses had been plying efficiently in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Surat, Dehradun, Silvassa, Goa and in Himachal Pradesh and Kerala.
With APSRTC’s order, Olectra’s complete order ebook has now touched 1,450 e-buses. Of those, 400 have already been delivered, Pradeep stated in a launch.
The lithium-ion battery put in within the bus allows it to journey round 180-km on a single cost, based mostly on site visitors and passenger load situations, he added.