Following the footsteps of some of the cities in India, where the state governments are planning to ply electric buses to bring down the air pollution, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) too plans to ply e-buses in Chandigarh to make the city cleaner and greener.
Why the electric buses in Chandigarh?
An introduction of the electric buses in Chandigarh will help in controlling the air pollution in the city that is on a rise due to increasing number of vehicles in the city beautiful -Chandigarh. Administration’s decision of the introduction of the electric buses in Chandigarh is under its Smart City plan and this step will also check the pollution in the city caused by the vehicular traffic, especially the diesel-run public transport vehicles. The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and the State Transport Department, with the Chandigarh administration having jointly started this process of introducing electric buses in Chandigarh.
When would the electric bus service in Chandigarh commence?
A 15-day trial run of the electric bus by TATA motors has already started in Chandigarh. After the completion of this trial, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) will initiate trial run for another bus. Goldstone Infratech Limited has tied up with China-based BYD Company Limited for providing and bringing the electric buses to Chandigarh. According to Tata Motors report the company has already commenced trials of its 9 meters electric bus in Chandigarh.
Some interesting facts about the electric buses
- The electric bus by TATA (on trial in Chandigarh) has a capacity to seat 31 passengers, whereas on the Goldstone bus has a capacity to seat 41 passengers and approximately 25 can stand inside the bus.
- The electric bus is a zero emission vehicle.
- The electric bus is gear-less.
- The electric bus has the air-suspension facility.
- The Tata Ultra ELECTRIC bus is 9 meter long.
- The bus can cover up to 250 kms on a single charge.
- The e-buses are already running successfully in various other countries.
- Trials of the electric buses are on in Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru in India.
- The operational cost of the bus is less than the traditional diesel-run buses.
- Tata has already accomplished the trial of the 9 meters electric bus from Parwanoo to Shimla successfully a few weeks ago.
- In one full charge the electric bus successfully covered a distance of 160 kms in the hilly terrain.
- The bus on trial in Chandigarh successfully covered 143 kms and approximately consumed just 70 per cent of the charge.
TATA has also successfully completed trials of a midi-electric bus on the Manali-Rohtang Pass route. Each bus has unique features that are solely based on the design of the vehicle.
Source = Tribune India