Tata Motors to deploy 1,180 e-buses in West Bengal by 2023 end
Kolkata/IBNS: The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) has awarded a work order to Tata Motors Limited for deployment of 1,180 electric buses under the ‘Grand Challenge’ initiative of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL).
The letter of acceptance (LOA) was signed Wednesday in the presence of then Transport Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Secretary Binod Kumar and MD-CESL, Mahua Acharya.
Tata Motors will initiate the work to design, manufacture and supply electric buses to WBTC besides developing requisite charging infrastructure, with a target to complete the delivery of all 1,180 e-buses by the end of 2023.
The project entails procurement of four categories of e-buses, including 12-meter Low-Floor AC, 12-meter Standard-Floor Non-AC, 9-meter Standard-Floor AC and 9-meter Standard-Floor Non-AC buses. CESL will oversee the project to ensure seamless deployment as part of its service agreement with TML.
CESL is the government designated nodal agency for procurement and deployment of electric vehicles (EVs), including e-buses, across all government and state-run units through a homogenized process to ensure uniformity of vehicle standards and operational compatibility across states.
The buses will be deployed under CESL’s Grand Challenge initiative - the biggest tender done for aggregation of 5,450 electric buses in five metros -- Bangalore, Delhi, Surat, Hyderabadand Kolkata.
As per the agreement signed between CESL and Tata Motors Limited, the latter will be responsible for deploying, operating and maintaining 1500, 1180 and 921 e- buses in Delhi, Kolkata & Bangalore, respectively.
Sharing his views on the rollout, then Transport Minister Firhad Hakim said Wednesday, "Our aim is to make Kolkata one of the smartest cities in the world and public transport isa key focus area of such upgradation."
"With support from CESL and Tata Motors, we are looking forward to electrification of buses and the overall transport ecosystem in the West Bengal region. We are expecting to see the first fleet of buses on the road by the end of this year," he added.
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