Karnataka to Convert 35,000 Buses Into Electric Vehicles by 2030


Karnataka is also planning to launch all electric fleet in the state by the end of this decade, said state Transport Minister B Sriramulu. Considering the rising prices of diesel, the minister said, “There are about 35,000 buses, there is demand to make all buses electric, keeping in mind environment and pollution related concerns. With diesel prices increasing, we are incurring losses. We want all our buses to become electric and we start making profits.. discussions are on in this regard,”

Under the Smart City Project, the state is operating 90 electric buses since December 2021 for 12 years, while the state has ordered 300 electric buses under the central government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric vehicles — FAME II scheme, as per the minister.

The per km cost of these buses is Rs. 61.90. 75. They have already begun operation since August 15, 2022. Within the Central government’s scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric vehicles- FAME II, 300 electric buses have been ordered. Out of the 300 buses ordered, 75 buses have begun operation since 15 August, 2022, and the per km cost of these buses is 61.90.

The minister further state stated that, in addition to above order, an order has been issued under FAME II scheme on 17 August 2022 to operate 921 electric buses through Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL); per km cost of these buses is 54.


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