Mumbai: BEST to start 80 new electric buses

Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 22:55 IST | Rajendra B. Aklekar

The Phase-II proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and their market creation and demand aggregation

Mumbai: BEST to start 80 new electric buses
BEST to start electric buses

The city will soon see a fleet of 80 new electric buses from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking. General Manager Surendra Bagade on Monday said the procurement will be done under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles scheme of the Department of Heavy Industries.

The scheme was started to provide an impetus to vehicles running on alternative fuel. He said the court had given them a go-ahead to the scheme as there had been opposition from the trade union. The Phase-II proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and their market creation and demand aggregation.

Elaborating this, BEST officials said the existing fleet of BEST has E-Buzz K7 electric buses that can cover up to 200 km in a single charge with speeds up to 70 kmph. The buses can carry up to 31 passengers. These buses run on fire-proof lithium iron phosphate batteries, which entail no charging cost. These e-buses have low operating cost running at around Rs 8-9 per km, against Rs 15/km for CNG buses and Rs 20/km for diesel buses.

Speaking on suggestions given by committee member Sunil Ganacharya of categorizing the expenses so that salary could be prioritized and not delayed every month, Bagade said he will review the prioritisation of the expenses so that salaries are disbursed on time.

The committee also discussed the need to improve the functioning of the public relations department by wider use of social media and effectively handle media queries.

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