KTCL'S ELECTRIC BUSES LIKELY TO BE ON ROAD BY DECEMBER - JANUARY | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS | AUTO REPORTER
Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited's (KTCL) 25 out of 100 electric buses will be operational by December-January, minister of transport MAUVIN GODINHO said on Thursday.
"The first electrical bus will arrive by November, and we will commission the first 25 buses by December or January. The central government finances these buses, so we don't have to spend much money on their purchase," GODINHO TOLD T.O.I.
For inspection, KTCL officials Will be going to Hyderabad on 28 September.
"After we approve of the design and structure, the bus will be ready by November-end. Following this, the batch production will start. We will get the buses by the second or third week of December. We are planning to introduce the buses from Christmas onwards. We may have the inauguration on the occasion of Goa Liberation Day depending on their arrival," KTCL'S GENERAL MANAGER SANJAY GHATE said.
Each electric bus is estimated to cost between Rs 2 to 2.3 crore, and the state is to incur 20% of the cost. The bus drivers are supposed to come trained along with the electric vehicle while the bus conductors are from KTCL's staff.
KTCL will now have to take up the building of infrastructure for charging stations.
"We are exploring various possibilities for the charging stations. We are also in discussion with the different oil companies. Wherever K.T.C. has land, we can have additional petrol pumps and charging stations," GODINHO said.
He further added that this way, the income of the K.T.C. could be enhanced.