India Gets Its First Electric Bus in Delhi, to Ply for Six Months

The 100 percent pollution free bus can take 4 hours to completely charge and can travel 280 km in one full charge.

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Delhi gets India’s first electric bus. (Photo courtesy: <a href="https://twitter.com/ashu3page/status/707933754413592576/photo/1">Twitter/@ashu3page</a>)

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday flagged off a pollution free electric bus.

It is the first such bus in India which is 100 percent pollution free and operates completely on electricity. It is a pilot project. The bus will run on trial basis for six months in Delhi
Gopal Rai, Transport Minister, Delhi government

The bus will make 10 round trips connecting Delhi Secretariat to Central Secretariat every day. Rai flagged off the bus from Delhi Secretariat.

If we get positive results after six month, we will like to add more such buses in our fleet
Gopal Rai, Transport Minister, Delhi government

The initiative to run 100 electric bus, developed by a China-based automobile firm, was taken by the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) after its vice chairperson Ashish Khetan visited China in 2015.

The Delhi government has not paid a single penny for the bus. The bus takes four hours to charge completely and runs 280 km in one full charge
Ashish Khetan, vice-chairperson, Delhi Dialogue Commission

Rai further added that the Delhi government has provided basic facilities like parking space and charging point at the Millennium Depot. They had also provided a driver and a conductor of DTC for the bus.

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