Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) has deployed 10 more states of art 9-Meter (eBuzz K7) electric buses procured from Olectra-BYD, as part of its 40 AC & non-AC bus order on Gross Cost Contract basis.
The deployment of this lot of buses follows the successful trial deployment of 6 electric buses of 9-meter length (eBuzz K7) in November 2017 by BEST.
These buses were deployed under FAME 1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme of Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India.
Post the deployment of all the 46 eBuses, BEST will transport around 1 Million passengers every month in this zero-emission public transport. In addition to these, BEST is also planning to procure 250 more electric buses to facilitate the commuters to travel in environment-friendly electric buses.
On an average, running of the 46 eBuses will result in huge reduction in carbon emissions to the tune of 1.2 Crore tons of CO2, avoids using 37 Lac litres of diesel saving significant costs on fuel each year by BEST and equivalent to planting 60,000 trees.
Olectra-BYD is also the first EV company to cross 5 Million kilometres cumulatively driven by its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Pune.
Reference- NEWS18, Economic Times