Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has placed an order for 550 electric buses with Olectra Greentech, a subsidiary of Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL). The order forms an important step towards Telangana’s electric mobility initiative for large-scale clean, green public transportation. The e-buses will be delivered in stages in the near future.
According to Olectra, its e-buses will significantly reduce noise and emission levels in Hyderabad. Olectra’s partnership with TSRTC began in March 2019 with the delivery of 40 e-buses. These buses have been transporting passengers from the airport to various locations throughout Hyderabad. The 50 intercity e-buses will run from Hyderabad, Telangana, to Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
According to the company, the air-conditioned buses can travel more than 325 kilometres on a single charge. The 500 e-buses will operate within Hyderabad in the intracity segment. Each e-bus can travel more than 225 kilometres on a single charge. TSRTC has designated five depots throughout the twin cities for the deployment and operation of these e-buses. To ensure peak performance, Olectra’s e-buses will be charged at fast charging stations.
Recently, CESL floated bids for the procurement, supply, and maintenance of 4,675 electric buses. The project also includes the development of an allied electric and civil infrastructure on dry lease under the Phase II of the National Electric Bus Program. According to the tender guidelines, the bidders must submit an earnest money deposit in the form of insurance security bonds.