Odisha Gets on With the EV Transition, Plans to Introduce Electric Buses

Odisha has been planning to introduce electric buses in phases in a bid to curb air pollution in urban areas in the state, the assembly was informed.

Odisha Electric Buses

The state government of Odisha has been planning to introduce electric buses in phases in a bid to curb air pollution in urban areas in the state, the assembly was informed on July 20, 2019.

While replying to a question, science & technology minister Ashok Chandra Panda said electric buses will ply in the temple town of Puri and the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in the first phase.

“We are planning to phase out the conventional transport system through the electric buses. These new electric buses will operate within 100 km radius covering Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri,” Panda said.

Panda also informed the Assembly that a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed soon regarding the proposal.

Recently, we reported that the Delhi government is inducting 1000 electric buses for the state while Delhi Transport Corporation is in the process to procure another 1000 electric buses under the cluster scheme.

“On Wednesday, we submitted an application to bring 1,000 electric buses under the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme,” DTC’s Managing Director Manoj Kumar said on 4th of July at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a compact reformer-based HCNG production plant at DTC’s Rajghat-1 bus depot.

According to Kumar of the 1,000 electric buses that will be inducted, 900 would be used for city services, while 100 buses will be pressed into interstate services.

In June, we reported that in a major push to introduce eco-friendly public transport in Andhra Pradesh, public carrier APSRTC announced its plans to shortly procure 350 electric buses. The electric buses will ply in Vijayawada, Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kakinada on a pilot basis.

All these tenders and proposals for the introduction of electric buses into state transport systems are following up on the center’s announcement that the second phase of the FAME scheme with an outlay of Rs 10000 crore will primarily focus on electrification of the public transport system in the country.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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