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Multiple Indian cities to deploy electric buses [free access]

July 21, 2019

Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), and Andhra Pradesh State Highway Transport Company (APSRTC) have announced plans to deploy electric buses in multiple cities in India.

 

GMBCL will deploy a fleet of 100 minibuses on five routes in Gurugram as well as set up a depot for electric buses. GMBCL is expected to send a proposal to the Government of India to receive funding under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME) 2 scheme. Currently, GMBCL operates a fleet of 81 buses on seven routes in Gurugram.

 

AMC has announced plans to supply and operate 300 electric buses. The expressions of interest (EoIs) for the same are expected to be invited soon. Currently, a fleet of 12 electric buses is operational in Ahmedabad.

 

BMTC has announced plans to convert its existing fleet into electric buses by 2030. Of these, 500 buses will be procured on lease or on public–private partnership (PPP) basis. By 2022, 1,500 electric buses will be added to the fleet. BMTC currently operates over 6,000 buses on over 2,000 routes in Bangalore.

 

APSRTC has submitted a proposal to India’s Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) to seek funding for 1,000 electric buses under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME)2 scheme. The electric buses are planned to be deployed in Vishakhapatnam (200 buses), Vijaywada (350 buses), Kakinada (100 buses), and Tirupati (350 buses).