BMTC to add 400 CNG, 30 hybrid buses to its fleet

BMTC to add 400 CNG, 30 hybrid buses to its fleet

BMTC to add 400 CNG, 30 hybrid buses to its fleet

Even as the country's first electric bus failed to impress due to high costs, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is all set to add 30 hybrid buses to its fleet.

Once inducted, BMTC will be the first state-run transport corporation in the country to own hybrid buses, which will run 70 per cent on diesel and 30 per cent on battery.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ekroop Caur, Managing Director, BMTC, said, “The tenders were opened last week. We are in the process of finalising the bus manufacturer based on the quotations and before the end of the current financial year, these buses will be a part of the BMTC fleet”.

With the manufactures being finalised, officials are sure these buses will hit the roads before March end.

BMTC will receive funding for this under the Centre’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) scheme and the global tenders for the same were floated in March this year. 

Less smoke

These diesel hybrid buses are said to emit lesser smoke and are known for their fuel efficiency.

The battery gets charged while the engine is running on diesel and once the battery gets fully charged it automatically switches to battery mode from diesel mode and vice-versa. The buses will cost between Rs 1.2 crore and Rs 1.3 crore each, which is almost half the cost an electric bus.

CNG buses

Decks have also been cleared for the 400 CNG buses to be run by the BMTC, as soon as the Union ministry agrees in-principle to grant funds for the same.

At a meeting held last week in Delhi, where BMTC MD was also present, the centre has agreed to release funds for the same. Officials said that the tendering process for CNG will start soon and added that before the CNG pipelines and fuel stations are ready by March, the CNG buses will also be here.