Uttarakhand rolls out electric bus service


The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, recently flagged off electric bus service in the State’s capital Dehradun. 

The State government is planning to start 30 eco-friendly electric buses in this financial year. These buses, supplied by Olectra Greentech Limited, a leading player in electric public transport system in India, will run in the hill terrains of Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar, informed the minister. 

The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery installed in the buses enables these to travel up to 180 km on a single charge depending on traffic conditions. The regenerative braking system allows the bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. The high-power AC charging system allows the battery to recharge in three to four hours.

Olectra electric buses have already been successfully deployed in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Kerala.

The company will also supply 150 buses to Gujarat’s Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) in a phased manner and 25 buses to Silvasa, the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. It has an order book of 775 buses under FAME-II from various states. These buses are to be supplied in a phased manner.


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