Clean Mobility: Delhi government to induct 8000 electric buses by 2025

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Each one of the buses is estimated to cut 0.33 million tonnes of PM 2.5 and PM 10 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each in its life span of 10 years.

New Delhi: To reduce the emission from the public transport system in the national capital, the Delhi government has inducted 97 new electric buses into its fleet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off these buses, at Delhi Transport Corporation depot-1, which take the total fleet of electric buses in the city to 249.

Currently, there are 102 electric buses running under DTC. Each one of the buses is estimated to cut 0.33 million tonnes of PM 2.5 and PM 10 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each in its life span of 10 years, said officials.

India’s strategy is to reduce its overall estimated carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030 in order to reach net zero emissions by 2070, and the induction of e-mobility is one big step to achieve the target.

According to global estimates, the electric, hybrid, and CNG buses could save approximately 1.4 billion tons of CO2 and almost 30 million tons of particulate matter between now and 2050.

Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that by the end of 2025 a total of 80 percent of buses in the capital will be electric.

Kejriwal said that another 6,380 electric buses will be added to the fleet. “By the end of 2025, there will be 10,380 buses, of which 8,380 will be electric buses.”

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot called it a “historic moment” and said it was a fitting reply to those who warned that the Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) was going to shut down.

“We will make DTC the best transport corporation in the world,” said Gahlot.

He also said 11 women were inducted as drivers in DTC on Tuesday for the first time. In the coming days, 200 more women would be made bus drivers

According to officials, the electric buses will be a state of the art buses with modern technologies, no noise, pollution, and passenger safety features such as air conditioners, CCTV cameras for women’s safety.

It will also have facilities like bus kneeling with ramp facilities, panic buttons, and space for wheelchairs. The new buses will also have dedicated pink seats for woman passengers.

Earlier, in May, Kejriwal flagged launched about 150 e-buses along with three e bus depots at Mundela Kalan, Rohini Sector-37, and Rajghat Depot.

Apart from these buses, the AAP government also has plans to induct 2000 more e-buses and make the capital greener. It will also induct around 600-700 CNG buses.

The all-electric low-floor electric buses from Tata Motors come with a length of twelve meters. These buses, which also have air conditioning facilities, will offer ‘state-of-the-art technology for sustainability.

The Tata Starbus EV introduced back in 2020, offers space for 35 passengers. It is equipped with an electric motor that can generate an output of 245 kW.

Each one of the buses is estimated to cut 0.33 million tonnes of PM 2.5 and PM 10 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each in its life span of 10 years.

Earlier in May, the Delhi government had approved the induction of 1,500 low-floor electric buses in its public transportation fleet.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has decided to allocate 10 sites to various agencies for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations under Delhi EV Policy 2020 to aid the operation of these buses.

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