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Old 3rd April 2019, 12:04   #1
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A nice informative article on E- buses in India.

The race to supply buses is hotting up as there’s strong demand from State transport corporations.

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The electric revolution on Indian roads has been a long time coming. But it needed a push from the government, which has come with Fame-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India, Phase II). Fame-II decided to focus on public transport and has thrown in ₹10,000 crore as subsidies to buy 7,000 buses over three years. “This will trigger the industry to make long-term investments to create EV products in this segment,” says Chetan Maini, Sun Mobility co-founder, and vice-chairman.
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Racing to the starting line are old and new players. Tata and Ashok Leyland are the industry giants which have provided over 80 per cent of buses plying our roads. Also in the race are the Mahindra Group and VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a Eicher Motors-and-Volvo tie-up . VECV, which has 20 per cent of the conventional-engine bus market, hopes to make an even bigger dent in the e-bus segment. “We anticipate a similar share or more,” says B Srinivas, VECV’s senior vice-president, BUS, sales and marketing.
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And I hope Delhi adopts them on a large scale. God knows, the city really needs a solution to its air problems.

Many reports have suggested that the commercial segments (buses, 3-wheelers, delivery vehicles) will be the first to adopt electric propulsion and I agree. Because of their usage patterns, they are more suited to openly welcome e-power today. I think penetrating these segments will come a lot earlier than private / individual owners.
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Are Indian manufacturer's ready for supplying e-buses?

Government may blacklist Tata Motors for delaying delivery of e-buses.

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Yesterday I had been to CIRT in Pune for a family function. Spotted this AMS sBUSe12 electric bus there.
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Govt of India has approved purchase of 5595 electric buses for public transport.

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http://pib.nic.in/PressReleaseIframe...x?PRID=1581525
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I can never understand why hybrid vehicles are not being adopted as a viable interim step until the infrastructure for charging is broadened and battery costs come down, to the point when full-electric vehicles are financially and operationally competitive with fuelled vehicles.
A much smaller battery pack, coupled with a small diesel engine that comes on to replenish the charge and runs only at optimum load, can increase fuel efficiency up 50+ pct while minimising capital cost. By eliminating idling and low/no load running, a small diesel engine will emit less pollution and burn less fuel. Regenerative braking will save energy, too. Existing buses with worn out drive trains and intact aluminium bodies can be converted to hybrid at a low cost.
There must be a reason why, of course. Would someone please could explain it for us?
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