To Provide zero emissions and last mile connectivity to the people Ahmedabad aims to become the first Indian city to converts its entire fleet of public transport buses into electric vehicles. In that regard it has launched 18 e-buses in the first phase.
India’s first battery swapping station-Ahmedabad launched 18 e-buses
These AC e-buses are smokeless and silent, zero emission technology. It has automatic transmission and air suspension have safety features like automatic fire detection and suppression systems and automatic doors sensors which prevents the bus from starting if the doors are left open. The buses are run by the Ahmedabad Janmar.
Battery swapping station-Ahmedabad
g ltd (AJL) which manages the city’s BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System). Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) commissioner Vijay Nehra said that “E-vehicles score high on all the important criteria of a good urban transport system, namely affordability, quality of travel experience and are environment friendly,”
“We did trial runs for more than six months, and are ready to roll it out in a phased manner.”
These 18 e-buses introduced covers almost all the important areas like residential and business centers like RTO circle, Ranip, Bhavsar Hostel, Shastrinagar, Gujarat University, Andhjan Mandal (IIM), Nehrunagar, Anjali Cinema area, Vaikunthdham Mandir, Swaminarayan College and Kankaria Telephone Exchange.
Another 32 buses will be introduced in mid-october. Normal e-buses can run up to 200 km per charge and buses with swap facility can run only up to 40 km. Swapping the 600 kg battery after every trip takes only 3-4 minutes these buses can carry 50 persons.
India’s first battery swapping station
India’s first battery swapping station for public buses which can charge 12 batteries at a time is been set up at a Ranip, a central spot on Route 1, in Ahmedabad and was recently inaugurated by home minister Amit Shah.
These buses are from Ashok Leyland tendered under the gross cost model in which the company will own, operate and maintain the buses while AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) will pay the company a per kilometer rate and bear only the operating expenses.
“The biggest advantage for AMC is that we have a fast decision-making and implementation system in place for intercity transportation, the Janmarg,” said Vijay Nehra. The AMC board met on September 13th to finalize details for the second phase of EVs introduction, and has ordered 300 more e-buses.
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