India will put thousands of electric buses in its streets

India will put thousands of electric buses in its streets

Electric buses in India are ready to alleviate the enormous pollution of some cities in the country.

With data from the World Health Organization, India has in its national territory some of the cities with more pollution on the planet. Places like Delhi, Kanpur or Patna have the dubious honor of being in the top positions of the ranking.

That the country has a problem of pollution in urban land is nothing new. But neither is the effort he has put in recent years to get rid of his dependence on fossil fuels. Not surprisingly, India now builds the largest solar parks in the world. This has led him to anticipate his goals in solar energy. In 2018 they had already reached the goals by 2022. The government had already reformulated the objectives in advance.

What the central government has also done is to implement a plan to adopt a more sustainable transport model. FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles) aims to reduce oil dependence at the national level. For this, it has 1,400 million dollars in aid.

Thanks to this plan, the city of New Delhi announced that it will add 1,000 electric buses to its public transport fleet in the coming years. The first 375 will arrive before the end of 2019.

Mumbai will also contribute to the expansion of electric buses in India. The transport authorities will introduce 500 electric buses during the next year. For now there are only six with this type of alternative engine, although before the end of the year another 80 will be added.

In Bengaluru, a technological hub of the country, they plan to have the fully converted bus fleet by 2030. Their goal is to introduce 500 new vehicles with alternative engines per year. While in the state of Andhra Pradesh several cities will receive electric buses soon.

The Indian commitment to renewables is clear. In addition to its momentum in solar energy, it has also begun to deepen a wind energy strategy. The deployment of electricity in cities as an alternative to fossil fuels was – and will be for quite some time – the pending subject.

It is the most complex part, since it implies a large number of factors not subject to the centrality of a public power. The habit of consumers, the disbursement they are willing to make, their autonomy needs, are aspects on which the government has no direct influence. But it does have it on public transport.

Investment is important, but it can be carried out. This has been demonstrated by China, which has put huge resources on bus deployment. The Indian bet does not seem to be so ambitious at the moment, but it is still in the embryonic phase. If this other Asian giant begins to transform its public transport, world oil consumption is likely to notice. It is what has happened with China.

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