Electric buses return to Mumbai streets after 45 years

Electric buses return to Mumbai streets after 45 years”

Mumbai's bus service, is introducing emission-free electric buses today.

Mumbai- The Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) on Friday acquired four high-tech eco-friendly electric buses, which will be deployed on its Mumbai suburban sectors, officials said here. The metropolitan is the second city in Maharashtra to use electric buses after Nagpur. BEST also announced that there will be no hike in the fare for electric buses. Initially, they are scheduled to ply on routes around Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) and Churchgate station. The company delivered the e-Buzz K7 electric buses to the Himachal Pradesh government earlier this year and the same are being used btween Manali and Rohtang Pass. He also added, "Our aim should also be on the similar lines, and Mumbai city should have a green public transport by around 2030".

An electric bus will have the capacity to run for 200 km per day.

BEST officials said the buses will only ply in the vicinity of its Backbay Depot located near Nariman Point since electric charging points for the vehicles are only available here at the moment. They added that AC electric buses are now not being considered. Those e-buses, known as trolley buses, drew power from overhead wires.The new e-buses, however, run on lithium ion batteries , As Reported By Hindustan Times.

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