Guwahati, June 12, 2019
In a bid to reduce pollution caused by the increasing number of vehicles in the city, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is likely to start the trial run for the electric buses from June 22nd, 2019. Each bus will have a sitting capacity of 31 passengers.
The ASTC will deploy 15 electric buses in the city under the government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) scheme. The Assam government is procuring as many as 25 electric buses under the FAME scheme. Each bus will have a sitting capacity of 31 passengers.
Check out routes
The ASTC has planned three proposed routes for the operations of the electric buses.
- The first electric bus will start plying in the city from Kachari to Kamakhya covering a distance of 6.4 kilometers. The buses on the Kachari-Kamakhya route will be making five to six trips per day.
- The second route is Paltan Bazar to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Borjhar, covering a distance of 25 kilometers.
- The third route will cover ISBT, Khanapara, Ganeshguri, Paltan Bazaar, Maligaon and back to ISBT covering a distance of 38 kilometers.
Tata Motors has bagged the tender to provide 15 buses in the first phase. After a full charge, an AC e-bus carrying full load can ply up to 150 kilometers under normal conditions. The 120kw battery is fully charged in two-and-a-half hours.
Tata Motors electric buses make use of Li-ion batteries that been positioned on the roof to prevent breakdown due to waterlogging. The buses will be manufactured at the company plant in Dharwad, Karnataka.
As reported earlier, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd is in the process of installing charging stations at Inter-State Bus Terminal, Guwahati and ASTC’s Paltan Bazar complex. An MoU has also been signed with NTPC for installation of 5 EV chargers.