Following the hilly State Uttarakhand, electric buses have now been rolled out in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The fleet of 40 e-buses has been provided by state-owned power producer NTPC’s arm NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN Limited), which also provides complete solutions for e-vehicles, including related services such as charging stations.
In addition to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands project, NVVN has emerged as a successful bidder for providing a turnkey solution for 90 electric buses in Bengaluru, Karnataka, under the Smart City project. These buses will provide last-mile connectivity to the metro network serving the city of Bengaluru.
India’s electric bus market has gained momentum owing to aggressive government push through the FAME India [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] scheme.
In a report issued last year, Haryana-based JMK Research & Analytics expected India to add 6,490 electric buses in the next two years (1850 units in FY2020-21 and 4640 in FY2021-22).
It stated that by March 2020, the country had added about 1,031 electric buses (e-buses)—600 in FY2019-20, 400 in FY2018-19, and 31 in FY2017-18—across different State and State undertakings.
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