30 Dec 2015


At a time when pollution in cities has become a hotly debated topic, a prototype of India's first retrofitted electric bus was shown in New Delhi.
This is the first time that a diesel bus has been converted into a battery operated electric bus. The prime minister presented the keys of the bus to parliament speaker Sumitra Mahajan – the parliament will be the first user of this converted bus.

The converted buses are part of a pilot project of Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). The project will demonstrate the Government's commitment to reduce vehicular pollution while opting for strong environment friendly mobility solutions.

The prototype has been developed by by KPIT, Pune with consultations from CIRT. The technology has been wholly developed in India. Ten more buses are proposed to be retrofitted for use by State Transport Undertakings by March 2016. Large scale conversions of diesel buses to electric will be taken up after evaluating the success of this pilot project.

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