Hyderabad gets first lot of electric buses from Olectra-BYD

THE HANS INDIA |   Sep 06,2018 , 03:21 AM IST

Ajay Mishra IAS, Addl Chief Secretary (Energy) and Arvind Kumar IAS, Principal Sect, (MAUD), GoT flagging off Telangana's first Electric Buses from Olectra-BYD
Hyderabad: Olectra - BYD, engaged in electric public transport system, has announced that its eBuzz K9 Electric Buses have been put under commercial operations under Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC). 

The first lot of 5 number of zero-emission electric bus eBuzz K 9 model have been flagged off on Wednesday by Ajay Mishra IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy and Shri Arvind Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD).   These buses are part of contract for deployment of 40 AC Electric buses which TSRTC has awarded on Gross Cost Contract basis to Olectra-BYD. 

The balance 35 Electric Buses shall be deployed in due course. The passengers travelling to Airport would now be able to travel in an eco-friendly and noiseless comfortable vehicle. These electric buses are manufactured in India by Olectra Greentech (Formerly Goldstone Infratech) in a strategic tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd – world’s largest electric vehicle company.

The Department of Heavy Industry, under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME-I) scheme has provided a subsidy of INR 1 Crore for each bus to the Telangana State. The 12-Meter air-conditioned low floor buses having a capacity of 39+1 (Driver) seats will ply from different locations in the city to the Hyderabad International Airport. 

Supported by Kneeling Mechanism, these buses provide convenience to specially-abled and senior citizens while boarding or getting down from the bus. The lithium-ion (Li-ion) Battery installed in the bus enables it to travel up to 250 plus kms in a single charge. It also has regenerative braking system which enables the bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. 

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