BEST To Convert 200 Diesel Buses To E-Buses By Year End

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The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) will convert 200 diesel buses to green electric buses and it plans to have 100% electric buses by the end of 2022.

“We have decided to do away with any vehicle which does not run on green fuel – either electric or CNG. The 200 vehicles on diesel will be replaced with e-vehicles soon,” said BEST General Manager, Lokesh Chandra.

A few months back, BEST said that it will retrofit its diesel buses with CNG kits and now it has decided to convert the diesel buses. This will speed up the electrification process of the entire fleet. The target is to have around 50% electric buses by 2023 and 100% electric buses by 2027 in Mumbai.

The city has around 500 mini diesel buses run by private contractors which will be made to switch to clean fuel. “However, we will procure new buses only on wet-lease under which we pay a nominal lease for each bus for a 10-12 year contract. This will save us a lot of money. We will ensure that the buses are environment friendly, provide comfortable AC rides at affordable fares,” he concluded.

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Recently, BEST in wake of achieving 50% electrification of its fleet, will be signing orders for procurement of 2,100 additional e-buses in January 2022. This would make BEST’s electric bus fleet six times the present.

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