To reduce emissions and pollution levels in the state, Karnataka aims to convert 35,000 buses to electric buses by 2030. Karnataka Transport Minister B Sriramulu said there is a demand to make all buses electric keeping in mind the environmental and pollution concerns. The state is incurring losses due to the increase in the price of diesel. States strive to convert all buses to electric buses by 2030. According to the minister, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) does not procure electric buses but is operating them on a contract basis. BMTC is operating 90 electric buses from December 2021 under the Smart City Project.
“There are around 35,000 buses, there is a demand to make all the buses electric keeping in mind the environmental and pollution concerns. With the increase in diesel prices, we are at a loss. We want all our buses to be electric and Discussions are on to start making profits,” Sriramulu said.
“It is our endeavor to have all our buses electric by 2030. We will make all efforts so that all 35,000 buses can be converted to electric by 2030,” he said. He said that the cost of diesel buses is Rs 68.53 per km.
Under the Smart City project, BMTC is operating 90 electric buses for 12 years under ‘Gross Cost Contract’ from December 2021 onwards, and the cost per kilometer (km) of these buses is Rs 64.67, he said. Under the Rapid Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles of the Central Government – FAME II scheme, 300 electric buses have been ordered, and out of 75 buses have started operation from August 15, 2022, and these buses The cost per km of Rs.61.90 is Rs.
In addition, an order has been issued on August 17, 2022 to operate 921 electric buses through Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) under the FAME II scheme of the Centre; He said that the cost per kilometer of these buses is Rs 54.
(with inputs from PTI)