The Maharashtra government had announced its EV Policy recently. The state has set a target of electrifying 25 percent of public transport in the state. To step up its efforts to electrify the vehicle fleet, the Maharashtra government has now launched a new initiative – TUMI (Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative) to have a fleet of electric buses across the state. This initiative will be led operationally by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). With this new project which was initiated by the state’s environment ministry led by Aaditya Thackeray, multiple public-private organisations will be formed to facilitate the transition to electric buses in 20 key cities initially. The plan is to cover 100 cities across the state by December 2022.
The TUMI project is part of BMC’s climate action plan. At present, Mumbai has a fleet of 4,000 buses, which ply under Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), out of which 386 are electric buses. BEST is planning to add 1,900 electric buses to its fleet by 2023. In addition to picking up some of the best practices at BEST, the TUMI initiative also plans to have ‘innovative evidence-based solutions’ to planning and operating electric buses most efficiently. The first set of these buses could join the fleet within the next 6 months.