After Mumbai, Bengaluru To Introduce AC Double-Decker Electric Buses Next Month

by Shreya Rathod
After Mumbai, Bengaluru To Introduce AC Double-Decker Electric Buses Next Month

Since colonial times, bus systems have been a part of metro cities. And they were constantly being updated from time to time. Something like that is happening now in Bengaluru. The city is set to introduce revamped double-decker buses that will operate on electricity. Intending to go green and reduce carbon emissions, the city has taken this decision. Here is everything you need to know about air-conditioned double-decker electric buses.

AC Double-Decker E-Buses In Bengaluru

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Credits: Switch Mobility/ Twitter

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is ready to replace all diesel buses with electric vehicles (EV). The first air-conditioned electric bus in Bengaluru is set to arrive in March followed by others in April and May. The orders for these buses have been placed with Switch Mobility — the manufacturer of electric buses and the EV division of Ashok Leyland.

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There are no capable electric vehicle producers in India at this moment. Therefore, Switch Mobility was the lone bidder. And won the bid for a total of ten crores. The company will provide five AC double-decker buses.

Features Of These Buses

These buses are created and produced in India. With a capacity of 231 kWh, these buses have a higher-density NMC chemistry battery pack and a dual gun charging system. Therefore, it was claimed that the bus can cover two hundred and fifty kilometres within the city. The bus has a comfortable seating layout and other amenities to ensure hassle-free travel for commuters. There are security cameras installed in the bus and the batteries can reach full charge in eighty minutes.

At first, the double-decker bus will operate on the Hebbal-Silk Board route regularly. And the fare will be a minimum of ten rupees while a monthly pass will be around one hundred and twenty rupees.

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On 13th Feb, the first batch of electric double-decker buses was delivered in Mumbai by Switch Mobility. BEST has ordered two hundred buses and this initial delivery was a part of that.

Cover Image Courtesy: Switch Mobility/ Twitter