BEST Mumbai gets its first electric buses


The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking has put four electric buses into service in Mumbai. 

The electric buses will be based in the Backbay Depot, where a charger has been installed for them. Initially, these buses will ply on the South Mumbai routes, including those between CST and Colaba. Two more buses will be added later taking the total number of electric buses to six.

Goldstone Infratech Limited delivered their first electric bus for public transport to the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) in September 2017. Maharashtra is the only other state where Goldstone's electric buses have entered service. 

The Goldstone e-Buzz K7 electric buses have been certified by the ARAI. The buses can travel up to 200 km on a single charge at speeds of 70 km/h. They have a seating capacity of 31 including the driver. The electric buses come equipped with a Lithium-ion Iron Phosphate battery. The buses also have a fast charging technology that can completely recharge the batteries in less than 4 hours.

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