Passengers in the capital will soon be able to board electric buses to move around the city as electric buses procured by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be deployed to run the city’s circular services. The first batch of electric buses should arrive here in two days.
The buses were due to arrive here on Wednesday, but the truck carrying the electric buses was delayed following protests against the Agnipath program in various states.
Four years ago, the KSRTC launched zero-emission and quiet air-conditioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as a first step towards green mobility, although the project had to be stopped halfway for various reasons.
Recently, the state government placed an order for 50 e-buses at ₹49.5 crore. The company had agreed to supply 15 buses in the first phase, five of which were en route to the capital from Haryana. The remaining 10 e-buses from the first phase will soon reach the capital, a senior transport department official said.
To make money
Electric buses should make the city’s circular routes profitable. Low-floor buses used for circular city tours will be redeployed as shuttle services.
Although the buses would reach the capital by this weekend, it would take at least another week to deploy these buses for service, the official said.