Green transportation is one of the hot topics in India recently, especially after the introduction of the electric buses by BYD in China in partnership with India’s Olectra (a public listed company in Hyderabad).
In India, a full-fledged 12-meter-long, 40-seat electric bus was first put into use as the main public transport. There are currently 40 electric buses operating in Hyderabad.
Electric buses are becoming more popular among Indian passengers.
Supriya Katyal, 23-year-old, a resident of Hyderabad, has missed flights because of a private taxi late on several important occasions. She said that the BYD electric bus has become her favorite public transport. Because it is very comfortable, very spacious and very clean.
Katyal hopes that more such electric buses will be deployed on other routes in the city. “The buses that run in the city are not air-conditioned, uncomfortable, and very old. So we can use this bus instead of them, which will be very helpful.”
The Indian government has been promoting green energy. The Delhi Central Government is helping local governments and individuals to buy electric vehicles (EVs), stimulating huge demand.
Housewife Kapoor said she was worried about global warming. She said that everyone should share their responsibility for a clean environment. She also added that whenever and wherever possible, she would take the electric bus and do her part.
At the same time, passengers praised the Chinese manufacturer (BYD) for providing a comfortable, affordable and pollution-free ride for Indians.
BYD’s electric bus is currently transporting people from different locations in Hyderabad to the international airport. The maximum fare for the longest 45km route is INR 265 ($3.81), which is equivalent to other regular buses on this route.
However, many passengers prefer electric travel. “Whether I travel to the airport, I prefer to take an electric bus because I feel that by using electric buses, we are reducing our carbon footprint or any pollution we are suffering,” Vandana Srivastav, who often commutes by the electric bus, said.
So far, BYD has deployed 108 electric buses in four Indian provinces including Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Maharashtra. The Chinese company has firstly crossed the milestone: supplying more than 100 electric buses in the country.
After the successful launch of electric cars in Hyderabad, the Chinese company now hopes to supply 500 such buses to India in the next few years.