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India's First Prototype of Retrofitted Bus
Dec 23, 2015

At a time when pollution in cities has become a hotly debated topic, prototype of India's first retrofitted electric bus was showcased in the capital, New Delhi. The demonstration was attended by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The prime minister presented the keys of the bus to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

  • The bus is proposed to be used by Members of Parliament.

  • This is the first time that a diesel bus has been converted into a battery operated electric bus.

  • Cost effective, environmentally clean electric buses are a significant step in the direction of combating pollution.

  • The converted buses are part of a pilot project of Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT).

  • The project will demonstrate the Government's commitment to reduce vehicular pollution while opting for strong environment friendly mobility solutions.

  • The prototype has been developed by by KPIT, Pune with consultations from CIRT. 

  • The technology has been wholly developed in India. 

  • Ten more buses are proposed to be retrofitted for use by State Transport Undertakings by March 2016.

  • For these buses, ISRO is making Lithium-Ion batteries which will cost only Rs. 5 lakh as against the Rs. 50 lakh cost of imported batteries.

  • Large scale conversions of diesel buses to electric will be taken up after evaluating the success of the pilot project.

Electric buses are ideal for urban transport. State transport undertakings purchase about 15,000 buses a year. Out of the total purchases, about 70 per cent are deployed in urban areas. So, if the pilot project becomes successful, it will be a boon to the undertakings, as it would bring down their operational costs as well as pollution.

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