Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) has deployed 10 units of 9-Meter (eBuzz K7) electric buses of Olectra-BYD as part of its 40 AC & non-AC bus order.
The induction of BYD electric buses follows the hugely successful trial deployment of 6 electric buses of 9-meter length eBuzz K7 in November 2017 by BEST.
The move to add 40 more Buses 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.
These eBuses were deployed under FAME 1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme of the Indian government . Olectra-BYD has also claimed it as the first electric vehicle company to achieve the coveted milestone of crossing 5 Million kilometers cumulatively driven by its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Pune.
Post 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 reduction in Carbon emissions to the tune of 1.2 Crore tons of CO2, avoiding usage of 37 Lakh liters of diesel and that is also equivalent of planting 60,000 trees.
Anand Swaroop, Chief Operating Officer – OlectraGreentech said, “Olectra is committed to make zero emission Public Transport available for the commuters with an objective of curbing the alarming rate at which the Air pollution is increasing in the country. Olectra is introducing different models to suit the various requirements in various Indian cities. As of now, Olectra has the largest market share in Electric Buses commercially operating on India roads.”
The ebuses supplied to BEST can travel up to 200 KMs in a single charge based on traffic conditions. The high-power fast AC charging system enables the battery to get fully charged within 2-3 hours. It has a capacity of 32+1 (Driver) seats with an electronically controlled air suspension to ensure a comfortable ride to the passengers. The buses are also backed with 3 CCTV cameras with continuous recording of data offering enhanced safety to the passengers during the commute.