Bengaluru: BMTC issues tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses

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18-01-2024

    In lieu of Volvo, preparations underway to introduce electric AC buses

    BMTC has issued a tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses

    Under gross cost contract model, these buses estimated to cost ₹150 crore

BMTC is facing challenges in sustaining its bus fleet due to the escalating cost of diesel. To mitigate losses from the declining performance of Volvo buses, the organization has initiated various measures. In lieu of Volvo, preparations are underway to introduce electric AC buses.

The days when BMTC’s Volvo buses will be part of history appear to be approaching. The organization currently operates high-cost AC buses for passenger convenience. However, the expected revenue from the Volvo buses within the city is not materializing, resulting in daily financial losses. Consequently, BMTC is streamlining its operations by curbing Volvo services and transitioning to electric AC buses as a viable alternative.

The number of Vajra buses, originally 644, has been reduced to 342. Despite the reduction, 132 Vajra buses continue to serve the airport, benefiting over 14,000 passengers daily. The shift to electric AC buses is prompted by the diminishing need for Volvo buses.

Currently, BMTC operates 490 non-AC electric buses, and an additional 821 buses are set to join the fleet soon. Simultaneously, preparations are being made to integrate electric AC buses into the system. BMTC has issued a tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses under a gross cost contract model, with an estimated total cost of ₹150 crore, and each bus measuring 12 meters in length.

The existing Vayu Vajra Volvo buses, contributing to air pollution and incurring high maintenance costs of ₹85 per kilometer, will be replaced by electric AC buses with a cost range of ₹55-60 per kilometer.

This strategic decision anticipates an increase in income while prioritizing environmental sustainability. Consequently, the era of Volvo buses in BMTC will draw to a close as the organization transitions to electric AC buses within the city.

Bengaluru: BMTC issues tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses

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    In lieu of Volvo, preparations underway to introduce electric AC buses

    BMTC has issued a tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses

    Under gross cost contract model, these buses estimated to cost ₹150 crore

BMTC is facing challenges in sustaining its bus fleet due to the escalating cost of diesel. To mitigate losses from the declining performance of Volvo buses, the organization has initiated various measures. In lieu of Volvo, preparations are underway to introduce electric AC buses.

The days when BMTC’s Volvo buses will be part of history appear to be approaching. The organization currently operates high-cost AC buses for passenger convenience. However, the expected revenue from the Volvo buses within the city is not materializing, resulting in daily financial losses. Consequently, BMTC is streamlining its operations by curbing Volvo services and transitioning to electric AC buses as a viable alternative.

The number of Vajra buses, originally 644, has been reduced to 342. Despite the reduction, 132 Vajra buses continue to serve the airport, benefiting over 14,000 passengers daily. The shift to electric AC buses is prompted by the diminishing need for Volvo buses.

Currently, BMTC operates 490 non-AC electric buses, and an additional 821 buses are set to join the fleet soon. Simultaneously, preparations are being made to integrate electric AC buses into the system. BMTC has issued a tender for 320 low-floor AC electric buses under a gross cost contract model, with an estimated total cost of ₹150 crore, and each bus measuring 12 meters in length.

The existing Vayu Vajra Volvo buses, contributing to air pollution and incurring high maintenance costs of ₹85 per kilometer, will be replaced by electric AC buses with a cost range of ₹55-60 per kilometer.

This strategic decision anticipates an increase in income while prioritizing environmental sustainability. Consequently, the era of Volvo buses in BMTC will draw to a close as the organization transitions to electric AC buses within the city.

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