The Indian government is considering issuing a tender for the procurement of over 8,000 electric buses for state transport undertakings (STUs) across the nation to expedite transition to clean mobility in public transport systems.
In July this year, it was reported that State-controlled Convergence Energy Services Ltd. (CESL) is planning a $10-billion (Rs 80,000 crore) tender for 50,000 electric buses that will drive India’s plans to decarbonise public transport and help meet its goals for net zero emissions.
So, this move is the government's second attempt to replace diesel buses with electric buses.
According to Mahua Acharya, Managing Director, CESL, there is currently a need for 8,000 additional electric buses. "We have requested that the STUs assess the required requirements for 7m/12m electric buses, discuss with their board, and formally submit a demand," she is reported to have said.
Under the National Electric Bus Program, CESL is collaborating with the Ministries of Finance, Power, Road Transport, Heavy Industries, Urban Development, and Environment to develop a comprehensive strategy to put the electric buses on the road by the end of the decade.