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E-buses to enter Hyderabad city

Passengers travelling to Shamshabad Airport can travel by zero pollution electric buses which are likely to start their service in a week.

Around 40 electric buses will be started from different parts of the city that will be connecting the airport. The operation of much-awaited electric buses in city will make Hyderabad first in the country to run such fleet sourced under the Union government’s Fame India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme to boost eco-friendly vehicles that includes electric vehicles.

The states like Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra were in the race, Telangana is the first to introduce one-of-its kind marine in the country.

M Ravindar, Executive Director (Engineer) said, “A trial run was conducted on electric bus for around 20,000 km and it was successful. A total of 100 buses are to be introduced and in the first phase, we will be launching 40 buses,” he said.

The buses once fully charged in five hours will enable operations for close to 300 km with fares ranging around Rs 200 to Rs 300 per head, Adding to that  Ravindar said, that the buses which run from Secunderabad, Kukatpally, Tarnaka, Uppal, Hitec City to airport would be charged at Miyapur and Secunderbad Cantonment depots.

A senior official said that “the operation of these electric buses will result in savings of Rs 10 crore every year. Cost of each bus is Rs 2.50 crore with centre providing a subsidy of Rs 1 crore under FAME scheme.”

The battery pack of these electric buses has a battery management system that monitors the safety, voltage and temperature of the bus. The three-phase chargers with fast charging technology and designed with front and rear air suspension for a comfortable ride.

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