E-Buses in India



      

Planning and Procurement of Electric Buses

Indian cities are pursuing ambitious electric bus deployment targets to reduce the emissions and improve efficiency of transport systems. Some cities have already initiated electric bus roll-out through the FAME I scheme, while many others are at different stages of planning and implementation. However, cities are facing challenges in identifying context specific solutions on the vehicle technology alternatives, incentive schemes and procurement models for electric buses.

DELHI ELECTRIC VEHICLE POLICY 2018 - A BIG PUSH TOWARDS ELECTRIFICATION

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi released it draft Electric Vehicle Policy 2018. Delhi is facing major issues with air and noise pollution. Adoption of Electric Vehicles (‘EVs’) for road transport will contributes to better air quality, reduced noise pollution, enhanced energy security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Delhi has become the seventh state in the country to launch its own EV policy, following Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 

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UITP AND ICCT SIGNED MoU WITH BMTC TO SUPPORT SOOT FREE BUS INITIATIVE

Bengaluru, with a population of more than 8 million people, is among the fastest growing metropolitan cities in India. Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), with its 6,400 strong fleet, is India’s largest public city bus operator and operates only diesel buses. Most of these buses today conform to Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission norms. The operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of these buses are already quite high, with many buses regularly grounded due to maintenance issues.

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ELECTRIC BUSES PROCUREMENT IN INDIA – INDIAN CITIES GOT THE VIABLE RATES

Last 2 months has witnessed a greater action in the space of electric buses. Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Government of India sanctioned INR 4.37 billion (US$ 67 million) for the procurement of electric buses, e-taxis and e-autos in December 2017. The department has selected 11 cities with one million-plus population for the procurement of 390 electric buses, and is providing funds to the tune of INR 10 million (US$ 150,000) per bus.

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