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    Electric Passenger Bus ; Is that commercially viable and alternate to diesel ?

    AP government has introduced Electric buses for the first time in India at Vijayawada and it is said that by charging fully the buses can run up to the distance of 350 kilometers and again it has to be recharged. For this purpose special recharge bunks have also been opened en route so that long distant buses wont suffer for the want of electric power. The idea seems to be innovative as there wont be vibration sounds of diesel and their wont be emissions at all. For the passengers it will be sound proof journey on AC bus with all modern facilities like TV, wifi etc. Any comment?
  • #620896
    A very good development. All the city buses should be converted as electric buses to have no pollution. We can continue to have long distance buses with diesel, as electric buses need to take a break to recharge their batteries enroute. Passengers may not like the charging time.

    As it is cost effective, will there be any reduction in bus fares?

    No life without Sun

  • #620906
    Actually electricity driven cars, buses and scooters are the answers to the air pollution problem. Particularly in many cities where this air pollution is having a serious problem by introducing this electricity driven vehicles are very good and will definitely it will control the pollution problem to a good extent. Actually, a lot of research is going on to find out a battery which will be lost long. ALready VSSC has done a lot of work on this subject and they are out with a model. In NewDelhi government is thinking of insisting on the use of electric cars only. It is a good initiative taken by the AP government in introducing this buses and more should come so that we will have a cheaper mode of transport and pollution free travel we have. We need not charge the batteries on the way we can exchange our battery for a battery charge and pay the amount for charging. It is like our gas cylinders which are coming filled and they supply that take away our empty cylinder. The same way will be followed here also.
    always confident

  • #620909
    The charging problem can be solved easily. What is required is some serious research on this issue. The motion of the bus should help to charge the batteries. The bus can be fitted with a rotating fan with a dynamo to charge the batteries. The fan will rotate while the vehicle moves forward. Every vehicle should be fitted with two batteries. While the other battery is in use, the second battery will be getting charged due to the motion of the bus.

    Where there is a will, there is always a way. Where there is a wheel, there is always solution to generating problems.

    Just think about the lights, fans, and A/c in trains. How they are provided? It is the wheels that provide sufficient electricity to the whole coaches.

    No life without Sun

  • #620942
    Even in Bangalore, Karnataka, there is a proposal to get 150 electric buses in the next few months, Delhi is planning for 500 buses. Looks like this is a green drive across the major cities to reduce the air pollution. Diesel buses are the backbone of any city's public transport service. If this is introduced as a upgrade for passenger comfort like the WR AC trains, it's good. If this is introduced to cut down pollution, it's a joke, because there are countless lorries and good vehicles that emit black smoke like chimneys as compared to the buses. It would be a welcome change for the regular commuters who would want to have a comfortable ride. But are we ready for it. Each of these buses roughly cost 3 times the cost of the regular buses. We, the public passengers also should use them in a responsible manner. The maintenance also should be looked into because in India, we invest on new technology but later find that funds for maintenance and spare parts are difficult to come from the government.

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