Every bus will have 1 battery, the battery needs to be charged every 4 hours. BMTC has decided to open a bus charging point in two bus depots HSR Layout and Electronic City and also plans to open one at Bengaluru International Airport. Bengaluru: After months of foot-dragging, the Centre has finally cleared subsidies for the city’s e-buses project, bringing the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) a step closer to its ambitious plan of plying electric buses on the city’s roads. The first phase of this innovative transport initiative will see the introduction of 80 e-buses as early as this October. BMTC has received central approval for a corpus of Rs 74 crores, with the first tranche of Rs 14 core rupee released. The private operator for the fleet of 150 e-bus will be Goldstone, a Hyderabad based company which emerged as the lowest bidder. The transport corporation was initially expected to receive Rs 1 crore as subsidy per bus from the central government under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles India (FAME India). But this was later amended to Rs 1 crore for AC buses and Rs 73L for non-AC buses. "BMTC has already identified several […]

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