GreenCell Mobility to deploy first intercity e-bus for MSRTC on June 1


Starting June 1, GreenCell Mobility will run the first intercity electric bus in India for Maharashtra Regional State Transport (MSRTC) from Pune. Marking the commemoration day of MSRTC’s foundation, the bus will run on the Pune–Ahmednagar route. These electric buses, dubbed ‘Shivai’, will be introduced across the state in stages.

GreenCell Mobility to deploy first intercity e-bus for MSRTC on June 1
The buses will be rolled out across a number of fleets in India

GreenCell Mobility will be deploying 50 electric buses for intercity travel across Maharashtra for MSRTC in the cities of Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nasik and Solapur, soon. Ashok Agarwal, managing director and CEO of GreenCell Mobility, said that he is excited for the rollout of the buses.

"With these e-buses, the aim is to promote green and sustainable public transport in the state. We are very happy to partner MSRTC in this effort and look forward to providing passengers with a comfortable, safer, and greener way of travel," he said. 

GreenCell Mobility will create ‘green routes’ with 12m-long buses in the state. Over time, 10 buses will be deployed between Pune and Aurangabad as an extension of the Pune–Ahmednagar route; 12 buses will run on the Pune–Kolhapur route; 18 buses will operate Pune–Nasik; and 10 buses will run Pune–Solapur. These buses will be able to cover 250km on a single charge and will be fitted with lithium-ion batteries with fast charging capability, which will see them charged in 90 to 120 minutes.

These will be Standard Luxury coaches suitable for local transport and will have an air-conditioned cabin. A total of 3,743 tons of CO2 in emission will be avoided over the lifetime of these buses. 

Electric bus adoption has gained traction in India, with multiple cities and state governments having embarked on the journey of electrifying their bus-based transport systems. This has been further accelerated by the Indian government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) Phase II scheme.

 

 

 

 

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