Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Monday that Mumbai’s BEST bus transport service has floated a tender notice to add 1,900 fully electric buses to its existing fleet of 386 electric buses.
With a fleet of over 2,000 electric buses, Mumbai will soon be the largest EV public transport fleet in India.
This attempt is to phase out its old buses running on fossil fuels. State’s Environment Minister, Aaditya Thackery took it to Twitter to announce the tender. Also Read: Logo With QR Code To Identify Fully-Vaccinated Buildings In Mumbai
The tweet said, “Very happy to hear that @myBESTBus has put out a tender notice for 1900 fully electric buses. Currently, Mumbai has 386 electric buses. The @MahaEnvCC is also assisting other cities in Maharashtra to increase their bus fleets with help of policies of GoI & GoM.”
Very happy to hear that @myBESTBus has put out tender notice for 1900 fully electric buses.
Currently, Mumbai has 386 electric buses.
The @MahaEnvCC is also assisting other cities in Maharashtra to increase their ⚡️ bus fleets with help of policies of GoI & GoM.
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) September 20, 2021
The Maharashtra government is also planning to expand its EV fleet for public transport to other parts of the state soon. The government has invested ₹930 crores towards its EV policy aiming at 10% of all new vehicle registrations by March 2025.
The state government aims 15% of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s (MSRTC) existing bus fleet to switch to electric. It also aims to put at least 25% of the urban fleet operated by the fleet aggregators like e-commerce companies, deliveries, logistics players as electric vehicles by 2025, as part of its electric vehicle policy.
The Maharashtra state government has already announced incentives to boost the adoption of electric vehicles besides aiming to be India’s top EV hub.
Earlier in August, Thackeray inaugurated an EV enabled parking lot at the Koninoor building in Mumbai. The government also plans to develop 2,375 public and semi-public charging stations across seven major cities in the state and four national highways.