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The first electric bus prototype, built by domestic heavy commercial vehicle producer JBM Auto, has arrived in the national capital and will be marked off shortly by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, stated Transport Minister of Delhi, Kailash Gahlot on Sunday.
“Congrats, Delhi! After a long wait, the prototype of DTC’s first 100% electric bus has arrived in Delhi!” The Minister tweeted photographs of the new vehicles along with his remarks.
Recently, the Transport Minister stated in an interview that Delhi is soon to have its first fleet of 300 electric buses by January 2022.
The more prominent program, on the other hand, is to have around 3,500 electric DTC buses operating throughout the city. Moving swiftly towards its objective, DTC has already authorized the purchase of 1,015 electric low-floor air-conditioned buses.
DTC now operates buses fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG), which while not as polluting as diesel-powered big vehicles, aren’t exactly low-emission vehicles.
In terms of CNG buses, the Delhi government will order 800 in two batches: 450 in the first group and 350 in the second. Following that, the government would solely acquire e-buses for public transportation in the future, Gahlot had stated in the interview then.
The Minister went on to say that the government had also aired tenders for the 100 EV charging stations and that another 100 will be issued in the second lot.
“These are in addition to the current 100-plus charging stations in various locations around Delhi,” Gahlot said, adding that DTC plans to build similar stations at Dwarka sector-8 and 2 depots, Nehru Place Terminal, Sukhdev Vihar depot, Okhla CW-II, Mehrauli terminal, and Kalkaji depot.
He also said that over the following year, Delhi would have charging stations every three kilometres.
Since the immense number of automobiles on the roads of Delhi is described to be one of the main sources of pollution in the city, the electric buses are intended to reduce pollution in the national capital, which is now suffering from alarming levels of air quality index.