Double-decker buses were undoubtedly a big part of our childhood. Exploring the streets of Mumbai while sitting right on the front seat of a double decker felt so good. Well, it looks like the era is back but with a modern twist. We all know that some months ago, India’s first electric AC double decker was launched in Mumbai. Finally, the buses will be hitting the streets of Mumbai and Thane in the month of January 2023.
Electric AC Double Decker On The Streets From January
This Makar Sankranti, on January 14, 2023, BEST electric AC double-decker buses will begin their services on the streets of Mumbai and Thane. About 50 double-decker buses will begin their services, and the existing non-AC double-deckers will retire by June 2023. The bus service will initially be operated between Thane and BKC.
Additionally, the BEST will soon introduce a ferry service and its own electric taxi aggregator in an effort to boost last-mile connectivity. There will be about 330 EV charging stations installed across the city. Around 55 locations will house charging stations across Mumbai, including South Mumbai and suburban areas.
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New Developments To Transform The Transport Sector
The buses were launched in August 2022 by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari. But these buses did not make it to the streets of Mumbai and Thane. The reason behind this are the approvals from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). BEST General Manager Lokesh Chandra said that once the approvals are given, the buses will operate at full capacity.
Additionally, the BEST will soon introduce a ferry service and its own electric taxi aggregator in an effort to boost last-mile connectivity. Chandra said that people will be able to book these cabs using the BEST Chalo application. All of these cabs will also bear the BEST logo. BEST has also recently introduced “Super Saver” plans to help people save money and move towards digitization while commuting.
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