Madhya Pradesh government to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) policy. To provide EV facilities and to bring down the pollution levels in the State said Urban Administration Minister Jaivardhan Singh.
Govt to introduce EV policy in MP
The government will also introduce electric buses and vehicles for public transportation. EVs will mainly function in big cities like Indore and Bhopal. It will also bring in the e-rickshaws among with other electric vehicles.
90% of 19 lakh public transport in India
According to the Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI), there are 90% of 19 lakh public transport in India which runs on fuel, diesel.
Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) President
Prasanna Patwardhan, President of BOCI said, there is very less number of electric vehicles when compared to the ICE vehicles which are around 19 lakh buses out of them 1.5 lakh buses are from government sector functioning in India and 90% of them run on diesel.
500 electric buses operating in ten cities
Under a pilot project, there are about 500 electric buses currently running in ten cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, and Pune.
“Though awareness is increased there is still a lack of adequate infrastructure for these vehicles. A large number of charging stations need to be built across the country so that these buses can be charged, especially during night hours,” Patwardhan said.
e-bus can be driven up to 150 km
The BOCI president says, it is challenging to charge the e-buses with current technology and after a full charge, the e-bus can be driven up to 150 km only.
This is the main reason that bus operators are forced to use diesel. He hopes for the basic infrastructure to be improved by 2030.
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