Eco-friendly ride in Ahmedabad: Electric buses debut in city

In the first phase, 18 e-buses will have swappable battery technology, while other 32 e-buses having fast charging facility will become operational soon.

Written by August 29, 2019 17:42

New Delhi: Taking a big leap towards greener and cleaner city, Ahmedabad today witnessed the debut of a fleet of electric buses. The ride in public transport buses of the city will now be smoother and eco-friendly.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the first fleet of eco-friendly electric buses today. On the occasion, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that soon 500 electric buses will ply on the city streets.

These electric buses will be operated on major junctions on regular intervals from today onwards.

In the first phase, 18 e-buses will have swappable battery technology, while other 32 e-buses having fast charging facility will become operational soon.

The Home Minister also inaugurated the country’s first automated battery charging and swapping station for e-buses here.

The Home Minister also attended an event organised by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation at the Science City to mark the culmination of the civic body’s tree plantation drive.

As many as 10 lakh trees were planted across Ahmedabad today.

Under the Faster Adaption and Manufacture of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, Gujarat will get 550 electric buses with Ahmedabad alone getting 300 buses. It should be noted that each bus can carry up to 50 passengers and are silent and will not emit smoke. The buses also have automatic door sensors and won’t start if the doors are open. (ANI)