BMTC Electric Bus Fare Timings

BMTC introduced first ever-electric bus on February 27th 2014. BYD Auto manufactured, 100% electric bus is all set to ply Bangalore roads for a trial period of three months. At the end of the trial period BMTC will have statistics and ample information to make a decision on incorporating the green transport system.

The operation of the bus is under the aegis of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation in association with Utopia. The bus is accessible to the average Bangalore commuter and is a much quieter and cleaner option as compared to the conventional public transport options. The bus costs approximately Rs. 2.7 crore. The steep initial investment however might deter the government from switching to electric buses completely.

The bus will shuttle between Kadugodi and Kempe Gowda bus stand. The Air conditioned 31-seater coach can travel up to 250 kilometers on one charge cycle. The time required for charging is between four to six hours. The bus can make up to eight trips on one charge cycle. The BYD Auto manufacturing company is based in China and in China the buses are called K9. The bus runs on batteries that are also eco-friendly as they can be recycled without any toxins being released.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) unveiled the country's first electric buses in a "cleaner" attempt to ease its mass transport requirements. Touted to be the first in the country, the fully air-conditioned bus with zero emission will check the air pollution caused by diesel buses. According to an Indian Institute of Science (IISc) study evaluating electric vehicles for urban transport in March 2016: "Electric buses generate 27% more revenue and 82% more profits than diesel buses per day." The findings have special significance because primary mass transit in Indian cities is provided by 150,000 diesel buses, held responsible for contributing to urban smog and carbon emissions that are warming the planet.

"As much as 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission can be cut every year for every diesel bus replaced by an electric bus", said the IISC study, conducted by Sheela Ramasesha and her group at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change in Bangalore. Electric buses emit no CO2, but the electricity needed for their charging stations comes primarily from coal-fired power plants, India's primary energy source. However, if solar panels are set up at battery charging stations of electric buses, the annual 25 tonnes of CO2 emission per bus can be further reduced. Put another way, if 150,000 diesel buses were to be replaced by electric buses, 3.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved.

BMTC extends Electric Bus Trial Period

BMTC in May, 2014 requested the State Regional Transport Authority (RTO) to extend by two months the free trial period for the electric bus. The Chinese BYD Company Ltd electric bus was acquired by the BMTC on a free trial agreement from Utopia earlier this year and began its trial runs in the city in March. The deadline for its two-month trial is set to expire at the end of May.

The electric bus is said to have received positive reviews from commuters over its comfort, non-polluting features and ambience. The bus, according to the BMTC however, costs higher than regular fuel vehicles like the Volvos, Marco Polos and other luxury models that is attached to the city transport corporation. The BMTC is seeking the permission of the regional transport authority since the electric bus is yet to be approved by the Automotive Research Association of India.

The bus is touted as India's first zero-emissions urban public transport vehicle. It is powered by BYD's non-toxic iron-phosphate batteries. The company has claimed the bus can travel over 250 km on a single charge irrespective of traffic. While the cost is seen as being on the steep side, BMTC officials are hoping that in the long run the savings on fossil fuel and environmental damage will offset the cost of the bus.