The Hush Post | 8:25 pm | Two-minute read
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today flagged-off an electric bus for Shimla city from the Vidhan Sabha premises. Talking to media persons after the event, Thakur said that 50 such buses would be made available for city residents soon.
The Chief Minister informed that the buses are equipped with advanced features and are pollution free. He said these buses have been inducted keeping in mind the environmental aspects of Shimla city. Thakur added that the buses would provide a safe, noise free and comfortable ride.
Named ‘Him Tarang’, the first electric bus will ply on the Mudrika route. The 8.5-metre-long, 30-seater buses are equipped with advance technology. The HRTC has plastered the buses with pictures of Himachal temples on either sides.
The buses come with state-of-the-art modern air suspensions which will protect the buses from the dilapidated roads. The ground clearance of these buses can be increased just like the Volvo buses.
With a single electric charging of about 1.5 hours, the bus can travel a distance of 150 Kms. Four 60KW charging stations have been installed at the Dhalli workshop for the purpose. A portable 30KW charger has also been procured for emergency purposes. A 180 KW double-charging station is also planned at Dhalli workshop which will charge two buses simultaneously.
The electric buses are costly as compared to normal buses, costing 78 lakh each. The fare in these buses will be normal, the minimum being Rs. 5.