In October 2017, Shimla became the first city in India to launch the electric buses for commercial use. Soon, electric buses will hit the streets of Assam. The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is to deploy 15 electric buses in Guwahati, a city in north-east India. The project is part of the Indian government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) scheme.
Each bus will carry up to 31 passengers along a 6.4 km route between the neighbourhoods of Kachari and Kamakhya. ASTC will operate a second service along a 38 km route from the Inter State Bus Terminal while also running another service in the neighbourhood of Paltan Bazar across a 25 km route.
Managing Director of ASTC, Anand Prakash Tiwari, said: “The Government is trying to bring emission-free transport as soon as possible. Buses will be operational likely within this month, they will be emission-free.”
ASTC is not the only company seeking to promote EVs under the country’s FAME initiative. In March, Bharat Heavy Electricals announced its plans to set-up a network of solar-based EV chargers on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway in India to help alleviate range anxiety for drivers.