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The government of Goa is looking to buy around 1200 electric buses from the Central government as per its Transport Minister, Mauvin Godinho. Currently, the state has 50 electric buses which are operated by Kadamba Transport Corporation.
“By the end of the year, we are looking at 100 electric buses. We have been sanctioned 100 buses already, but we have asked for 250 buses more. For the next five years, we need 1,200 buses,” Godinho said.
“We are buying these buses because of central assistance. The subsidy component for these e-buses is around 80 per cent. Otherwise, they are costly. However, rates (of the buses) are going to come down in the long run as more and more electrical buses come on the roads,” he added.
The vision of the state is to have 80% of its fleet, electric. The government is also planning to add electric vehicle charging stations at bus depots and repair stations for its electric fleet.