US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, emphasized the transformative potential of electric buses during a visit to India. He rode in an Indian electric bus and highlighted their benefits, such as reduced carbon emissions and a cleaner, quieter environment.
The United States and India have launched an initiative to deploy 10,000 made-in-India electric buses across the country. This joint effort aims to address the climate crisis, promote electric public transportation, and create cleaner and healthier cities.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot welcomed the ambassador’s ride on a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) electric bus, emphasizing the positive impact of electric buses on the environment.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed gratitude for the ambassador’s support and highlighted the role of electric buses in creating a greener future. The initiative includes support for a payment security mechanism to expand electric mobility in India, aligning with the PM e-Bus Sewa scheme’s goal of procuring 10,000 electric buses for cities lacking adequate public transport.
India’s National Electric Bus Programme (NEBP) also aims to deploy 50,000 electric buses across the country by 2027. The partnership between the US and India involves collaboration between public and private sectors, with a focus on electric bus financing and a new payment security mechanism to lower financial risks and promote sustainable investments.