KSRTC points tender for 250 e-buses, Auto Information, Automobilnews
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tapping inexperienced vitality, the transport company will induct 250 electrical buses to its fleet for companies in intercity routes. The tender for e-buses has been reissued by the KSRTC, following poor response to the earlier bid.The non-AC e-buses, to be procured on moist lease, can be operated in numerous zones — 100 in Thiruvananthapuram zone, 100 in Kochi zone and 50 in Kozhikode zone of the KSRTC.
The KSRTC has requested for 12meter-long buses with minimal 40 seats, which have been discovered possible for metropolis roads.
“The e-buses are required for the Sabarimala pilgrimage season and these buses can be operated on the Nilakkal–Pamba route, just like the earlier season. These buses will not be possible in long-distance routes and can be operated in intercity schedules. As soon as the buses are bought, extra charging stations can be put in in different depots,” mentioned an official from the transport division.
The vary of distance coated by buses on a single cost can be 250km. And charging stations for e-buses are organized at Pappanamcode depot, Haripad, Aluva and Ernakulam depot of KSRTC.
The bidder should meet the working bills, together with driving, and the KSRTC will deploy conductor.The KSRTC has proposed to introduce the Nationwide Frequent Mobility Card (NCMC) with automated fare assortment gadgets within the buses. Cellular charging level and Wi-Fi facility may also be out there. The buses can be wheelchair accessible with wheelchair-locking facility.
“FAME scheme (Sooner Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electrical Automobiles of the Union authorities can be utilized to buy one other 250-odd buses. A subsidy of 50% can be acquired for e-buses as per the scheme,” mentioned the official.