The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will start plying electric buses to Solapur, Kolhapur, Nashik and Aurangabad from Pune in three months, officials said. A total of 50 buses will operate on these four routes after charging stations are installed in these five cities.
E-buses will be introduced by reducing the frequency of Shiv Shahi buses as the features of the two services — luxury and air-conditioned — are similar, officials said.
Last year, the MSRTC issued a tender and awarded the contract to a private party to supply e-buses. The state transport body said that these buses will operate within a radius of 250 km. The MSRTC owns at least 20,000 diesel buses today.
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited recently acquired 150 e-buses and is in the process of acquiring more.
According to officials, a trial run of the e-buses that the MSRTC is planning to induct was conducted between Mumbai and Pune in December 2019. The Central Institute of Road Transport has also given a green signal to the technical specification of the buses, officials said. Once fully charged, each bus can cover a distance of 300 km, officials said.
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