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Tata Motors has supplied first fleet of 10 electric buses on Saturday to J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC). The buses were procured under the FAME India scheme of the Central Government. The remaining 30 similar electric buses will be supplied soon as per the Tata Motors.
Tata Motors was recently in the news due to Centre has issued warning to the company in last meeting due to delay supply of the electric buses to the various states. The supplied to the J&KSRTC will hit the roads only after the model code of conduct (MCC), presently in effect due to the general elections.
According to the official a trial run of the electric buses was held between Vijaypur to Rail Head complex area in Jammu on Saturday.
“Keeping in view the model code of conduct, the buses shall become operational only in May when the Lok Sabha elections are over. 20 buses each will be plying on Kashmir and Jammu roads”, the official said.
The J&KSRTC had paced an Order to procure 40 electric buses under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of the central government. Each bus branded ‘New Horizon Vehicle’ is 30-32 seater, costing around Rs 1 crore each.
“They have been manufactured in a special plant at Karnataka. a special team of J&KSRTC officials also visited Karnataka recently to review the manufacturing of the buses. The air and noise pollution free electric buses will run on different routes in both Kashmir and Jammu divisions”, said an official.
Tata Motors will provide necessary training to the J&KSRTC drivers before commencing the operations of these buses. Workshops will also be conducted to impart training to the mechanical staff about operation and maintenance. Tata Motors apart from supplying the buses will also provide after-sale service.
“We are supplying the buses with a feature called ‘fast charging’. While as in ‘slow charging’ features, the charging time is 5-6 hours which can be done when the vehicle halts during the night. With one full-charge, a bus runs almost 150 kilometres”, said an official.
As per the Fame India scheme, 60 percent funding for the electric buses is being provided by the Central Government while rest 40 percent is borne by the State Government.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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