The electric buses from BEST will get charged with solar power now. The officials have informed that the buses will now be on 100% green energy for its fleet of 386 buses.
The BEST officials informed that usually, BEST procures electricity from Tata Power, which comes from its coal-based thermal plants. However now, BEST is procuring solar power from the grid.
BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra said – “We have decided to use only solar and in future, solar-wind or hydro-based energy to power our e-buses.”. He also informed that adequate solar energy will be procured by June 2023 to cater to over 2,100 electric buses, and by 2027, the undertaking plans 100% electrification of its fleet.
As the state is focussing on renewables heavily, solar power can be purchased at much cheaper rates as compared to thermal power.