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GreenCell Mobility, a shared electric mobility platform supported by EverSource Capital, announced that it will deploy 50 electric buses in 4 areas of Gujarat in a gradual manner to facilitate inter-city travel.
According to a statement, the first such bus will be launched on the Ahmednagar–Pune route starting June 1.
It stated that these standard luxury coaches are equipped with Li-ion batteries and air-conditioned cabins. They can charge in as little as 90 to 120 minutes and can travel up to 250 kilometers on a single charge.
India has seen a rise in electric bus adoption. Many cities have electrified their bus-based transport systems. The company stated that this was further boosted by India’s FAME Phase II program.
GreenCell Mobility plans to create “green routes” with 12-meter buses throughout the state. The company stated that 10 buses will travel between Pune and Aurangabad, as an extension of Pune-Ahmednagar’s route. Meanwhile, 12 buses will operate on the Pune – Kolhapur route.
It said that 18 buses will also operate between Pune, Nasik, and 10 coaches will be used on the Pune-Solapur intercity route.
“With these e-buses, the aim is to promote green and sustainable public transport in the state. We are very happy to partner MSRTC in this effort and look forward to providing passengers with a comfortable, safer, and greener way of travel,” said Ashok Agarwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at GreenCell Mobility.
According to the company, a total of 3743 tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced over the life of these buses.