The BEST has announced that it will receive 25 brand new electric AC buses this week, which will add to its existing fleet of 206 e-buses. It has also created electric charging infrastructure at Back Bay, Worli, Malvani and Shivaji Nagar depots to ensure uninterrupted travel for e-buses on any route.
BEST general manager Lokesh Kumar – “Our mission is to get maximum electric buses on the road and replace the polluting diesel vehicles with CNG or electric.”
It plans to get 115 more e-buses within the next two months to increase its electric vehicle fleet. It started with six electric buses in 2017.
As far as the highlights of these buses are concerned, the new buses will have zero emission and good suspension, CCTV cams for passenger safety, charging points for mobiles, wide entry and exit passages with a record 20 people able to stand once the government allows standees in the bus. The new buses ensure fatigue free driving experience without clutch and gear shifting and have space for ferrying the physically challenged. The full-electric buses come with Intelligent Transport System (ITS) with vehicle location trackers, route/ destination display electronic board inside the bus. All such buses will come with regenerative braking systems for passenger safety, an official said. It has a seat layout of 2×2 with plastic moulded seats, 2 doors provided with door closures.