Two electric double-decker buses will be launched by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which has previously started using electric buses in its city circular service.
KSRTC has issued the tender for two completely constructed non-AC open-roof, double-decker electric buses. This will also include a charger and a retractable roof that is powered by electricity.
The KSRTC and Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) will get together to execute this project.
A five-year annual maintenance contract and a warranty of two years or two lakh kilometers, whichever comes first, must also be provided by the vendor.
The vendor will also be responsible for making sure that KSRTC mechanics and personnel receive timely training, so they can do preventive and regular maintenance using KSRTC’s facilities.
In accordance with the tender document, the bus must be sustainable for the environment, energy-efficient, and safe for passenger transit. The buses are anticipated to go 180 kilometers each day through the city.
As per the specifications, the buses’ length and height will be 9,700 mm and 4,750 mm, respectively, 66 seats will be available in them, and one charge may go at least 120 km.
Further, A GPS-enabled automated destination announcement and display system with eight language options is also included in the specification. On the upper deck, there will be a retractable roof with an electrically powered guard to prevent wind and striking trees.
The first floor will be transformed into a restaurant with a microwave, refrigerator, storage space for food, and seats for patrons similar to a coffee shop.
On August 1, 2022, KSRTC-SWIFT added 10 additional electric buses to the city circular service. Twenty-five buses were introduced in the initial phase.
In city routes, operating costs for diesel buses are Rs. 37 per kilometer, whereas costs for electric buses are Rs. 23 per kilometer.
In order to improve transit options for visitors to the city, KSRTC City Ride began operating open-deck double-decker buses on April 18. The night city travel (5 pm to 10 pm) and the day city ride (9 am to 4 pm) are presently provided by the two-story bus.
The KSRTC was able to make a monthly profit of Rs. 40 lakh during the first two months after the introduction of the electric buses.