BMTC’s first electric bus to arrive next month
The BMTC will get its first electric bus in September after a delay of several months caused by the pandemic.
The NTPC-JMB joint venture won the contract to supply nine-meter-long midibuses according to the rental model (gross cost). Once all clearances are received, the non-AC electric bus is expected to run on city roads next month.
Officials from the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) visited Delhi and held talks with JV authorities.
They also visited the factory where the first prototype of the BMTC was being developed and discussed the delivery schedule.
“Once the first bus is delivered, it will open up a supply chain. The contractor has promised that the 90 buses will be delivered by the end of December, ”a source told BMTC to this newspaper.
The bidder will get approximately Rs 51.5 / km per bus, with BMTC committing to pay the joint venture for a fixed “insured kilometer”, regardless of bus use and income.
Financial support for the rental of the 90 electric buses came from Bengaluru Smart City Limited.
Work to purchase 300 buses as part of the second phase of the Faster Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Adoption and Manufacturing (FAME II) program has been delayed as officials are reluctant to accept the high fares offered by the government. tenderer.
After “comparatively” favorable offers for 90 buses, officials hoped to see a similar development in the tender for the purchase of 300 buses. However, the tendering process has since been delayed due to the pandemic.