BYD 12 meter bus. Image courtesy BYD With the launch of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme in India, several cities are planning to introduce thousands of electric buses over the next few years. Several large and small Indian cities are planning to acquire electric buses through the FAME-II scheme, with the continued push to reduce dependence on petroleum imports and reduce air pollution. The sudden jump in news stories about planned procurement of electric buses is the result of a financial subsidy worth Rs 2,500 crore (US$360 million), offered by the central government. In March, India’s capital city announced plans to add 1,000 electric buses into its public transport fleet over the next few years. The first batch of 375 electric buses is expected to arrive by the end of this year; a tender for this has already been floated. Electric buses are critical to Delhi’s long-term efforts to reduce air pollution. Other measures include a ban on aging diesel vehicles and the introduction of fuel that causes lower vehicular emissions. Another metropolitan city, Mumbai, is also planning to buy a large number of electric buses. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport […]

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