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Electric bus procurement in India in FAME I

  • India
  • Electric bus
  • Electromobility

Last 2 months has witnessed a greater action in the space of electric buses. Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Government of India sanctioned INR 4.37 billion (US$ 67 million) for the procurement of electric buses, e-taxis and e-autos in December 2017. The department has selected11 cities with one million-plus populationfor the procurement of 390 electric buses, and is providing funds to the tune of INR 10 million (US$ 150,000) per bus.

The department has sanctioned 40 buses for every city under the pilot project, except 15 buses each for Guwahati and Jammu. However, BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation) in Bengaluru is considering 150 buses and TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) in Hyderabad has decided to take 100 buses. 10 out of 11 cities floated the tender within 15 days, except Delhi which is planning to procure 700 e-buses separately from state budget. Interestingly, all 10 cities completed the tender within one month and received good response from the industry.

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