On January 17, 2022, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal flagged off the first electric bus of the Delhi Transport Corporation.
The E -buses are to run on 27- km long route.
These buses were manufactured
by the JBM Auto Limited.
These electric buses are low floor buses.
They are fully air
These buses were acquired under the Faster Adoption and
Manufacturing of Hybrid and electric Vehicles in India, that is, FAME – II.
first fleet of 300 buses is ready. First a few electric buses are to run from
Pragati Maidan to IP Depot.
It is a 27- km long route.
It will cover places
like ITO, Safdarjung and Ashram on its way.
This is a prototype.
This is being
flagged off to check how long the batteries in the bus last.
It will also check
for technical problems. After this test run, the rest of the buses in the fleet
will be added.
The Delhi Government has planned to release fifty more
electric buses by February 2022. The target is to add fifty electric buses per
month. In the pipeline set earlier, the Delhi Government will launch 2,300
electric buses. Of these, 1,300 are to be procured by the DTC. The rest of the
thousand is to operate under the cluster scheme.
The Delhi Government is to install charging stations in the
The charging stations are to be built in phased manner.
Apart from the charging stations, the Delhi Transport
Corporation will also build hybrid bus depots. These depots are a combination
of CNG (compressed natural gas) buses and electric buses. They are to be
established in Bawana, Hasanpur, Rajghat depot and Subhash Place depot.
The Delhi Government decided to run electric buses in the
region in 2018. In future, the Kejriwal Government has decided to convert all
the government run buses into electric buses.