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Karnataka to run electric-battery buses in Bengaluru

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

would switch over to battery-driven electric buses in Bengaluru and phase out polluting diesel vehicles for public transport over the next five years, a said on Wednesday.

"The move to use battery-driven electric buses is to curb vehicular pollution caused by diesel and reduce operating cost of the state-run public transport," said state Deputy Chief at a trade event here.

Noting that the number of private vehicles in the city has shot up 100 per cent to 70 lakh over the last 20 years, the said efficient and frequent electric buses would not only reduce air pollution, but also make more people use them for commuting.

The state-run Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates about 6,500 diesel buses across the city, ferrying about 50 lakh commuters, which is 50 per cent of its over 1-crore population.

"discussed the BMTC plan with officials to replace all buses of the with electric battery version to reduce depending on polluting fossil fuel and the operation cost," said Parameshwara at the 8th edition of "Busworld India", a bus-cum-expo in the city.

Organised by Busworld International at the International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on the city's northern outskirts, the three-day expo is showcasing products, technology, services and solutions of about 120 and makers, component suppliers and

"As the main issue in many countries and cities is congestion and pollution, the expo is the right platform to find solutions to the urban menace," said Busworld on the occasion.

Leading is displaying five new maxi and mini buses for

The Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech has unveiled three new vehicles in partnership with in for

Force Motors, BYD, MG Automotive in association with Bharatbenz, Bridgestone, MRF are among the leading OEMs showcasing their electric 12-22 seater buses for public and private transport service.

Overseas exhibitors are from Austria, Belarus, Belguim, China, Germany, Korea and flagging their latest products and services.

Held every alternate year from 2005 to 2015 in India, the expo shifted to Bengaluru from in 2016 in view of the huge response from the stakeholders.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, August 29 2018. 23:20 IST
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