BEST deploys second set of electric buses from Olectra-BYD
Date: 09 Sep 2019
the adoption of electric buses in public transport system in the country,
BrihanMumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) deployed 10
state of art 9-metre (eBuzz K7) electric buses procured from Olectra-BYD- a
leader in eBus mobility in the country - as part of its 40 AC & non-AC bus
order on Gross Cost Contract basis.
The deployment of this lot of buses follows
the successful trial deployment of six electric buses of 9-metre length (eBuzz
K7) in November 2017 by BEST. The move to add 40 more eBuses by BEST is basis
the extremely positive response it received from the passengers on a daily
basis for the level of comfort, smooth ride and making every passenger feel
proud for contributing to a greener Mumbai.
eBuses were deployed under FAME 1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid
and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme of Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises, Government of India. Olectra-BYD is also the first EV company to
achieve the coveted milestone of crossing 5 million kms cumulatively driven by
its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Hyderabad,
Kerala and Pune – a testimony to its quality and sturdiness.
10 new 9-meter electric buses were flagged off by Uddhav Thackeray in the
presence of Arvind Sawant, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises,
Government of India, Vishwanath
Mahadeshwar, Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Dr. Surendrakumar Bagde,
General Manager – BEST, Anand Swaroop, Chief Operating Officer – Olectra,
amongst others from BEST office at Colaba, Mumbai.
the deployment of all the 46 eBuses, BEST will transport around 1 Million
passengers every month in this zero-emission public transport. In addition to
these, BEST is also planning to procure 250 more electric buses to facilitate
the commuters to travel in environment friendly electric buses.
On an average, running of the 46 eBuses will
result in huge reduction in Carbon emissions to the tune of 1.2 Crore tons of
CO2, avoids using 37 lakh liters of diesel saving significant costs on fuel
each year by BEST and equivalent to planting 60,000 trees.