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The BEST buses issued tenders for getting 1,900 fully electric buses. This tender is one of the biggest electric bus fleet expansions in the country. It will issue tenders in the next few days for procuring 200 double deckers, which will also be fully electric.
BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra said – “We want to make nearly 50% of our fleet electric by 2023. We have floated the tender for 1,900 buses which will include 1,400 full-length buses of 12 metres, 100 Mini buses and 400 Midi buses.” .
Maharashtra’s Electric Vehicle policy calls for the public transport undertaking to maintain a 15% fleet as ‘electric’ by 2025. This target has been taken seriously by BEST. At present, the BEST has charging stations at four bus depots, but it will soon increase this facility to all 27 depots.
For procuring the 1,900 buses, the time period allotted is one-and-a-half years, with 25% new electric bus procurement (475 buses) for Mumbai in six months, 25% in the next six months and 50% thereafter.