This move comes as part of Haryana government’s strategy to establish an eco-friendly transport system; number of buses could increase later
Haryana government is preparing to run a fleet of 75 – 100 electric buses in Gurgaon in order to establish an environment friendly transport system there. These buses will be manufactured by JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles Ltd. located in Ponzan of Poland. While, initially the number of buses will be around 100, it could increase at later stage.
The Haryana government claims that with this drive, it could save around 4.25 litres of diesel in next 10 years. Also, the electric buses will help in reducing the carbon emission by 1,150 tonnes in the same period. Around 50,000 people use the public transport medium everyday in Gurgaon and the infrastructure for these electric buses are also available in the region.
Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Gurgaon Municipal Corporation and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) will be responsible to bear the 50%, 40% and 10% cost of the entire project respectively. Interestingly, the JBM group has already set up manufacturing plant for CNG buses in Ballabhgarh near Faridabad. This plant will soon start rolling out electric buses under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Government of India has announced its ambitious plan to introduce the all-electric mobility across the country by 2032. Several state governments are also taking initiatives to launch electric power driven public transport systems in major cities of respective states. Just a few days ago, Nagpur earned the feat of the first green city of India. Such moves like introducing all-electric buses is expected to boost the central government’s plan.
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Among the Indian auto manufacturers, Tata Motors has started testing its Ultra Electric buses in several parts of the country including Chandigarh and Nagpur. These buses have capability to run around 160 kilometres on a fully charged battery. Meanwhile, Chandigarh administration has already announced its strategy to run electric buses in the city as part of smart city plan.
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