Charging points at five depots for electric buses

The Transport Department’s proposal to launch air-conditioned electric buses in the city has made some headway with the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) giving a broad outline on the infrastructure needed for charging the electric buses.

Being a signatory to the Clean Bus Declaration (C-40), the State government plans to bring down pollution in the city by introducing electric buses.

100 buses

The plan is to introduce 100 electric buses, each at a cost of ₹2 crore, in the first phase. While the MTC will be allotted 80 buses, Coimbatore city will get 20 buses.

The C-40 representatives held talks with various stakeholders of the Transport Department, including the Tangedco, and visited a few depots, including Adyar, to inspect the facilities that need to be created like charging hubs and the required power network.

Based on the feedback received from the C-40 team, the MTC has decided to create charging facilities in five depots — central bus depot at Pallavan Salai, Anna Nagar, Poonamallee, Adyar and Perumbakkam bus depots — initially. “However, the MTC is yet to come up with a blue print on the necessary output of energy required for installing the charging stations,” an official said.

The Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar had participated in a trial run of an electric bus manufactured by Ashok Leyland at the Central bus depot in June 2017. The Transport Minister along with officials of Transport department had visited London in September last year in the backdrop of the invitation from C-40 team and inspected the operation of electric buses. He also visited the electric bus depot to know about the infrastructure facilities needed for bringing electric buses to the city.

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