With Mumbai’s air quality level slipping from “poor” to “very poor” rating, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) has moved smartly inducting four eco-friendly e-buses. According to BEST, the e-bus, manufactured by Goldstone Infratech, is a 31-seater bus, which can run up to 200 km on a single charge and can achieve a an average speed of 70 kmph. For the initial phase, the buses can be charged at Backbay Depot and will run on routes around Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) and Churchgate railway station.
According to Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST, “With this, Maharashtra becomes the second city after Himachal Pradesh where e-buses are running successfully on a high-altitude route of Manali-Rohtang Pass.”
As per the chairman of BEST, the cost of each bus is around Rs 1.61 crore, which is double the cost from a regular diesel buses (Rs 80 lakh). It takes only three hours to fully charge the batteries of a e-bus. That said, these e-buses offer excellent savings in operations at Rs 8 per km, as compared to Rs 20 per km for diesel and Rs 15 per km for CNG buses. These new e-buses will be environmentally friendly with zero emission as compared to 48,000 kg carbon and other gases emitted by buses using conventional fuels.
Powered by a set of four lithium ion batteries, an e-bus consumes approximately 0.75 watt per km. With no gear box or shafts or an internal combustion engine, the e-buses are totally noise-free offering a comfortable ride. For the commuters, there are six mobile chargers on board, surveillance cameras, a public address system, electric route and destination display and other facilities.