To give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation, the Department of Heavy Industry under Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises has sanctioned 5595 electric buses for intra-city and intercity operation under Phase-II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME II) Scheme.
Department of Heavy Industry had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from cities across states and union territories for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on operational cost basis.
In response, 86 proposals for deployment of 14,988 e-buses were received. After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, the government sanctioned 5095 electric buses to 64 cities/state transport corporations for intra-city operation; 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Of 5095 e-buses for intracity operation, Maharashtra will get 725, Uttar Pradesh 600, Gujarat 550, Tamil Nadu 525, Karnataka 350, Madhya Pradesh 340 and Telangana 325. Delhi and Andhra Pradesh get 300 each. While Kerala gets 250 and Jammu & Kashmir 150, 100 e-buses have been allocated to Assam, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan each. 50 e-buses are allocated to Chattisgarh, Haryana, Odisha and Tripura each, 30 to Uttarakhand, and 25 to Bihar and Dadra & Nagar Haveli each.
Each selected city/state transport undertakings is required to initiate the procurement process in a time-bound manner for deployment of sanctioned electric buses on operational cost basis.
As per EoI, buses which satisfy requisite localization level and technical eligibility will only be eligible for funding under FAME India Scheme Phase II.
These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, cutting CO2 emission by 2.6 million tonnes.