India’s first electric bus launched in Bangalore

    The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) on Thursday (February 27, 2014) unveiled the country’s first electric bus.

India's First Electric Bus

The 12-metre-long air-conditioned ‘e-bus’ can accommodate 32 people, including the driver and a wheelchair occupant, and can travel 250 km on a single charge of four to six hours. The BMTC will use the electric bus on a trial basis for three months and, based on the success of the operations it will be expanding the services. Manufactured by BYD, a Chinese coach company, the emission-free bus costs Rs 2.7 crore against Rs 1.3 crore to Rs 1.7 crore for a Volvo A/C bus.

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