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      BMTC to test all-electric BYD K9 bus

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      In a few weeks, we will see an electrically operated K9 bus making rounds of the city. The bus, which has already arrived in Bangalore and is stationed in BMTC’s Shantinagar depot, armed with an Automobile Research Institute of India (ARI) certification, is awaiting permission (temporary registration) from the Transport Commissioner before it can operate on city roads.

      Confirming this, officials in BMTC said that a letter had been written to the Transport Commissioner. “We plan to run trial operations of the bus for three months before any decision is made on purchasing it. It depends on how it performs on the city’s roads. We have also received permission from BESCOM with regard to additional power that will be needed to charge the buses,” said a BMTC official.

      The bus, the K9 D Specs, comes with four Ferrous batteries, each with a capacity of 540 Volts. Manufacturers of the bus claim that it can run a distance of 250 kms once the batteries are fully charged for six hours and this is what BMTC wants to check.

      The charging facility of the bus will be set up at Kempegowda bus station. BESCOM has sanctioned additional power of 90,000 volts, said BMTC officials. The corporation, however, has not decided on which route the bus will operate, although it is likely that it will be put on long, congested roads to see how the bus fares in these conditions. Four drivers will also be trained in operating the bus.

      The air-conditioned vehicle, weighing 14,300 kgs, is 12 metres long and has a seating capacity of 29, plus a wheelchair, besides the driver. It can run at a maximum speed of 96 km per hour and can go from 0-50 km per hour in 20 seconds.

      The bus is currently running in countries like China (Shenzen - 300 buses), Singapore and Malaysia said Vishwas Shetty, director, Utopia Automation and Control. “We have slightly modified it to suit Indian conditions and we hope that it works out here,” he said.

      Advantages of eBUS

       Zero Pollution

       Low running cost - Rs 4 per km

       Low Maintenance - No IC Engine completely motor driven & Engine oil is not required)

       Low Noise

       Quick charging - charged 50 per cent in three hours

       Long Range - 250 - 300 km for single charge

       Wheelchair ramp for physically disabled

       Fully air-conditioned

       Solar charging option

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      Awsme.. Looking forward to a Greener Bangalore

      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Low running cost - Rs 4 per km
      Would this mean low Bus fare??
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      Quote Originally Posted by Sedate View Post
      Would this mean low Bus fare??
      I doubt, cost of acquisition will be very high so don't think so fares will be low
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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Zero Pollution
      So there'll be no exhaust to pick up the dust along the curb / divider to smother the rider behind the bus. Good news indeed.
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      Should really appreciate BMTC on taking such bold moves ! Wish this should be a successful initiative. With solar charging I think this would be a sure success in India atleast.

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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      BMTC to test all-electric BYD K9 bus
      A bold move indeed.Every thing needs a start.

      Even if it is not successful today, it will come back successfully in couple of years.

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      If this becomes a reality then I am very thankful to BMTC! I am one of the persons who think Bangalore's temperature and air purity has taken a big hit thanks to the Volvos. Most of the week I commute by bike and riding behind the Volvos are a big problem. Its like they have a personal smoke screen and I always feared I would get some respiratory disease soon because of these things. With these zero pollution buses, I am so grateful and thankful to BMTC! I just hope it is profitable to run these at all routes and replace every other BMTC bus.
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      Quote Originally Posted by rharish View Post
      I am one of the persons who think Bangalore's temperature and air purity has taken a big hit thanks to the Volvos
      I too Commute in bike and find this true

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      I just hope it is profitable
      Even if it not profitable, It will have replace most of the buses. BMTC is not out there to make profit but to serve Public (in actuality at the least)..
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      Quote Originally Posted by Sedate View Post
      Even if it not profitable, It will have replace most of the buses. BMTC is not out there to make profit but to serve Public (in actuality at the least)..
      If it is not profitable to run the buses, govt will have to pay from its own pocket everytime which is not possible in the long run. This happened in TN State Buses. They were running at a loss. So the salaries to the staff was not paid on time and in cases for nearly 8 months, buses are maintained badly because there is no money to service them and worst case, they wont procure any new bus because there is no money.
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