According to Convergence Energy Services Limited, a central government agency, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), 1180 electric buses will be purchased by 2023 for green public transportation.
Tata Motors will sell four e-buses: 12-metre non-AC standard-floor, 12-metre low-floor AC buses, 9-metres standard-floor AC buses, and 9-metre non-AC standard-floor buses.
CESL stated in a statement that Tata Motors would initiate work to design, produce, and supply electric buses to WBTC and develop the necessary charging infrastructure. The goal is to deliver all 1180 electric buses by 2023.
CESL is the government’s designated nodal agency to procure and deploy electric vehicles. This includes electric buses.
CESL stated that the letter of acceptance was signed for Kolkata in the presence of Secretary Binod Kumar, state transport minister Firhad Hakim, and CESL managing director Mahua Acharya.
Hakim stated that the first bus fleet would be on the roads by this year’s end.
These buses will be used under the CESL’s Grand Challenge initiative, which involves purchasing 5,450 electric buses in five major cities: Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Surat.