The number of electric vehicles is increasing in the public transport of the country. State governments are also adopting this convenient transport. Recently, we saw that the Delhi government has given green signal to the service of electric buses on many routes. Now Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is also going to launch its first electric bus on Pune-Ahmednagar route. On completion of 75 years of its operation, MSRTC is going to launch this bus service from June 1.
It has been told by MSRTC that this e-bus, named ‘Shivai’, will be launched in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other VIPs in the premises of the regional office of MSRTC in Pune. It is noteworthy that on June 1, 1948, the first bus service of MSRTC was started on the Pune-Ahmednagar route. Tomorrow i.e. on Wednesday MSRTC will enter Diamond Jubilee Year.
In the event to be held tomorrow, on 1st June 1948, Laxman Cavett, the conductor of the first bus to run on the Pune-Ahmednagar route, will flag off the MSRTC’s first e-bus ‘Shivai’. Apart from this, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will also inaugurate a charging station in the regional office premises of the corporation.
With a fleet of over 16,000 buses, MSRTC is one of the largest public transport undertakings in the country. The loss-making corporation was transporting more than 65 lakh passengers daily to their destinations before the outbreak of the Kovid epidemic in March.
This electric bus is 12 meters long, which will have a seating capacity of 43 people. Its daily 6 services will be operated. It has been told that the battery capacity of this e-bus is 322 kv. It will run at a speed of 80 kmph. MSRTC is going to add some more e-buses to its fleet. This process will be completed phase wise.
BEST is also taking a new step to increase the electric buses for public transport in Mumbai. BEST has finalized the bids for Olectra Green Tech. Under this, Olektra will supply 2100 electric buses in a span of 12 months. EVEY, a subsidiary of Olectra Green Tech, will procure these 2100 electric buses either directly or through its special purpose vehicle. BEST aims to electrify 50 percent of the vehicles in its portfolio by the end of 2023.