Kerala Road Transport launched first electric bus services in the state
Kerala launched its first electric bus yesterday, becoming the sixth Indian state to run the service. The bus was brought to the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which will operate on trial for 15 days. It will also operate in cities like Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
A single-charging station have been set up in the three cities for the trial run. The bus will be charged at night, so there will not be any difficulty of overloading due to charging. The bus requires between four-five hours to get fully charged. A fully-charged e-bus can cover 350km. Its electric charge requirement for one km will be 1.2 unit, which may cost up to 6/10 per km. The 12-metre-long, automatic bus can seat 35 passengers and is wheelchair-accessible. For the first five km, the charge will be 20, after which 1.50/km will be charged. Though the e-bus can touch 120 km/hour, its speed will be limited to 80 km/hour in view of passenger safety. The bus is pollution-free, fully air-conditioned, CCTV coverage and GPS tracker.
The trial-run will be free of cost service provided by the Hyderabad-based Goldstone Infratech Limited (GIL) in association with a Chinese company BYD. Based on its success, 300 more e-buses will be brought in. A global tender will be floated by KSRTC for purchasing the e-buses on wet lease. KSRTC will be responsible for providing a conductor and the electricity for the bus.