City to get 70 electric buses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 09:21:26


Special Correspondent,

To provide green and clean environment, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will add 70 electric buses including 12 AC buses to its fleet to strengthen the public transport system in the city. Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has taken initiative to obtain financial help from the Heavy Industries Department to launch these buses.

After successful launching of 200 electric cars in the public transport system through car-cab, NMC has taken lead to launch electric buses for the commuters. Nagpur is the first city in the country to have electric cars and e-vehicles, and now it has also taken a lead in the country by launching green buses which run on ethanol. Presently, the city has 5 green buses and 15 new buses will be added to existing fleet this week. Nagpur will become the first city to launch 70 E-vehicles in the city public transport.

The total cost of the buses including charging points is Rs 196 crore. The Department of Heavy Industries of Government of India will give financial support of Rs 115 crore while civic body will contribute Rs 85 crore. Heavy Industries Department has called the proposals from the cities for the electric buses in their cities. The local body will have to provide 42 charging stations for these buses. The local body will receive 35 percent subsidy of Rs 10.50 crore from the Central Government for purchasing these buses.

Presently, the city has 12,86,088 vehicles. Such a large number of personal vehicles is creating heavy pollution as well as causing heavy traffic jams in entire city. The safe and comfortable E- buses will attract the urban commuters to switch to public transport thereby reducing number of private vehicles on the roads. This initiative shall reduce the ambient air pollution considerably which has already risen to an alarming level. After introducing and executing the electric buses project, the city will make its pioneering position among global cities to provide access to zero emission public transportation on mass scale, said Bunty Kukde, Chairman of Transport Committee while talking to The Hitavada.

Shivajirao Jagtap, Transport Manager said, the main energy source of the electric buses is battery and it replenishing energy from charging. The buses will run 200 kms daily in the city. The fast charging points will be provided at bus terminals and depot during shift change and in night. These non-AC buses consumed solar energy worth of Rs 5 lakh while AC buses consumed solar energy of Rs 6.5 lakh per annum. The expense of traditional energy is Rs 8 lakh for non-AC buses while Rs 11 lakh for AC buses. However, this cost is very cheap as compare to diesel consumption per annum. The non-AC buses will require diesel worth of Rs 13.5 lakh while the cost for AC buses comes to Rs 15.50 lakh. The total cost of electric buses is in the range of Rs 17 per km for battery, vehicle maintenance, and life span is around 10 years, he added.