Goa to roll out 50 electric buses by March

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Goa is all set to roll out 50 electric buses by March. State-run bus company the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) opened a procurement tender for the ‘e-buses’ in September and a pre-bid meeting will be held on Friday. Bids will be opened on November 5 and an order letter issued by November 15.

The bus operator in July submitted an expression of interest to central government for 250 e-buses under the second phase of the national Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme initiated by the Ministry of Heavy Industry. However, the federal government only gave the nod for 50 vehicles.

The Goa state government in August announced plans to install 25 electric vehicle charging stations at 16 KTC bus stops by December. The main charging station will be at the KTC depot in Panaji, the state capital, and will be available for public use.

EV targets

Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, the central government set an ambitious target of 6-7 million hybrid and electric vehicle sales by next year. In March, the Department of Heavy Industry notified Phase-II of the FAME scheme with a three-year outlay of Rs10,000 crore.

The International Association of Public Transport’s India figures state the Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 8,400 hybrid city buses for Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, at a cost of Rs23 million; 25 Tata Motors hybrid buses for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority; the retrofitting of six buses and procurement of six e-buses for Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport; 25 e-buses for the Himachal Road Transport Corporation; 150 electric buses on a private-public partnership basis for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation; and 100 electric buses for Thane Municipal Transport.