Bengaluru: Transport Minister B. Sriramulu informed the Assembly on Wednesday September 14 that the State plans to have 35,000 electric buses by 2030.
He was responding to a question raised by Congress MLA Tanveer Sait who asked about the details of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) electric buses.
Speaking further he said, “There are 35,000 buses. We want all of our buses to be electric by 2030 so that we can start making a profit since diesel prices are going up every day and we are incurring losses.”
Under the Smart Cities project, 90 electric buses have currently been put into service in the City for a 12-year contract. The per-km cost for these buses is Rs. 64.67.
Sriramulu claimed that out of 300 buses, 75 were electric buses under the Union Government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric vehicles (FAME)-II programme. We hope that we will be getting the remaining buses soon. The cost per kilometre for these buses is Rs. 61.90, Sriramulu said.
Further, Convergence Energy Services Limited has received an order for 921 electric buses (CESL). According to Sriramulu, the cost of these buses is Rs. 54 per km.