Karnataka government has taken a big step towards electric mobility. The state transport minister has told the assembly that the government will convert 35,000 diesel buses into electric buses by 2030. In fact, the Karnataka State Transport Corporation is troubled by the prices of diesel and is continuously incurring huge losses. To avoid this, the government has decided to convert the existing diesel buses to electric. Transport Minister B Sriramulu in the Karnataka government gave this information while answering a question asked by Congress MLA Tanveer Sait in the assembly.
Target to electrify 35,000 buses
The Transport Minister of Karnataka said that the Transport Department is suffering due to the increase in diesel prices. That's why they want to convert diesel buses to electric, so that they can start making profits. The cost of running a diesel bus is Rs 68.53 per kilometer. He said that we will try our best to convert all 35,000 diesel buses to electric by 2030.
Electric bus on contract in Bangalore
According to the Transport Minister of Karnataka, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) does not buy electric buses on its own. BMTC operates electric buses on contract basis. BMTC is operating 90 electric buses from December 2021 under the Smart City Project. BMTC is operating these electric buses for 12 years under “Gross Cost Contract”.
75 new electric buses launched on 15th August
The cost of electric buses operated by BMTC is Rs 64.67 per kilometer. According to HT Auto, the state has placed an order for 300 electric buses under the Central Government's Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles - FAME II scheme. Of them, 75 buses have started operations from August 15 this year. The cost of these buses is Rs 61.90 per kilometer.
54 rupees per kilometer will be spent
The order to operate 921 electric buses through Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) under the FAME II scheme of the central government was issued on August 17. The cost of electric buses running under this is Rs 54 per kilometer.
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