Tamil Nadu government has launched its first air-conditioned electric bus. The first trip was flagged off by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the city on Monday.
The bus, which is operated by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC), is running in ‘A1’, between Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station and Thiruvanmiyur, via Mylapore and Adyar.
Equipped with sophisticated technologies like automatic doors and GPS, the bus will make two round trips each in the morning and evening. TMTC plans to run the bus on a trial basis with a minimum fare of Rs 11.
The vehicle will be operated on a ‘battery swap’ basis and can run a maximum of 40 km with a fully charged battery. On completion of a single round trip, the battery will be swapped, reported The Hindu.
The new move is aimed to reduce pollution.
After getting feedback from people for a few months, more buses will be introduced.
“Another electric bus will be introduced in the next 10 days. The 32-seater bus complies with the standards of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and is equipped with a Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS) and other facilities to monitor the driver’s functions and the battery’s performance, among other factors,” said a senior Transport Department Official.