No electric bus joyrides for Bangaloreans this Christmas
The BMTC has delayed the introduction of electric buses in the city by almost three months.
BMTC bus in Infantry road
Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Bangaloreans won’t be able to ride electric buses this Christmas as the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has delayed the fleet’s import till March 2018.
The BMTC had planned to acquire 150 electric buses by the end of 2017. It had also proposed to set up charging stations and maintenance workshops across the city. The buses will be powered using lithium ion nano-phosphate battery.
B.R Krishnaiah Setty,Chief Mechanical Engineer said, “The plan is still in process and there is a discussion going on as it took them more time than they expected to. But they are facing difficulties to execute it because the major problem faced by the government is getting the lithium ion nano – phosphate batteries which are only manufactured in China and also the installation of charging station.”
In 2014, the first electric bus was tested on Bangalore’s roads but the idea to implement electric buses was shelved because of the high upfront cost—Rs. 2.86 to Rs 3 crores.
Ganesh, Junior Training Officer (BMTC) said, “It is to be believed that the plan is still in progress and the budget allocated around Rs. 85 lakhs to Rs. 1 crore per bus. If everything goes well then the buses will start operations from March 2018.”