Battery-run bus delivers electrifying performance

June 25, 2017 10:08 PM

Chandigarh : The trial electric bus of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has clocked high mileage and low running cost. Since June 14, the 26-seater covers 180 kilometers a day on single charge, carrying 1,750 kg. 

The preliminarily report of the 11-member inspection committee suggests the bus takes six hours to six hours to charge fully , after consuming 110 units of electricity. It has zero emission, a fire safe battery, and a running cost (Rs 5 for each km) that's a third of the conventional bus figure (Rs 15 per km). The mileage (3.62 km per liter) is lower than the national average (3.82 kmpl).

The only negative is the high initial cost. The version under test has a price tag of Rs 1.5 crore, while a conventional bus of the same size is available for about Rs 30 lakh. The manufacturer claims the bus lasts 10 years and goes 185 km on a single charge. The CTU's main objective behind going for an electric bus is to reduce pollution. Over the years, the city's air has deteriorated beyond the permissible level. The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) has recorded 100 microgram per cubic meter (mcgcu m) of repairable suspended particulate matter (RSPM)--a serious amount.

The CTU has 539 buses, of which 413 run on local or suburban routes to Panchkula and Mohali, carrying about 2 lakh passengers a day (389.83 passengers a day for each bus). The transporter plans to add 50 buses to its local fleet and 200 to improve its long-route service. The Chandigarh Administration has cleared the plan. Of the 200 buses desired for long routes, 160 will be ordinary and 40 luxury coaches.

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