The city of Indore is consistently raising its bar in terms of city health and hygiene post its achievement as India’s cleanest city for three consecutive years. It plans to adopt clean mobility for its public transport while constantly striving to promote electric mobility and reduce vehicular emissions throughout the city. Indore’s public bus transport authority Atal Indore City Transport Service Limited (AICTSL) has procured 40 electric buses as part of its public transport service. These electricity powered buses are also termed as ‘Ultra electric buses’ and AICTSL plans to deploy them for an intra-city commute. They have become operational from the end of March.

Tata Motors is supplying these buses as part of the E-mobility evolution. They have also been procuring e-buses for Lucknow and Chennai. They have developed the design for these buses to support the ‘Made In India’ commitment. The company has already bagged tenders by six state transport undertakings in India from the state of Lucknow, Jammu, Kolkata, Indore, Guwahati and Jaipur. They further envision to export the electric buses to SAARC nations. The buses are priced Rs. 1 crore each.

For the purpose of charging, AICTSL has installed a charging station at the main bus station of Indore.  On a single charge, the electric buses travel up to a distance of 150 kilometres while the time consumed to charge a bus fully is approximately 90 minutes. A salient feature of the bus is lithium-ion batteries fitted on the roof-top to prevent breakdown due to waterlogging. Moreover, electric buses promote zero pollution and zero-noise and presently are also feasible to the pocket solution.

On a trial base, the civic body had deployed one electric bus at the Palasia- Rajwada route in Indore while the other tentative routes for e-buses include Railway station- Airport, Malwa Mill- Chandan Nagar, Teen Imli to Chanakyapuri, etc. AICTSL plans to procure 100 more such buses by the end of the year.

The administration has taken other significant initiatives to promote cleaner mobility in the city by encouraging a cleaner alternative to diesel ie. a cleaner bio-CNG fuel which is being used for supplying power for up to 20 buses in the city presently. This alternative product known as bio-CNG is being generated by the organic waste collected from the city’s vegetable market. AICTSL plans to expand such initiatives for reducing their carbon footprint along with converting waste to wealth.

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