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Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus

March 04, 2014 09:03 IST

Image: Electric bus in Bangalore.
Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

In a move to make Bangalore a cleaner city, the state-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate a swanky electric bus.

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The bus will run on the busy Majestic-Kadugodi road in Bangalore on a trial basis for three months.

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Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The eco-friendly bus can travel a distance of about 250 km on a single charge. 

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The fully air-conditioned bus can make six trips a day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. It takes six hours to charge the battery fully.

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The zero emission vehicle is also quieter compared to other vehicles. 

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The energy recovery and battery recharging through optimal regenerative braking reduces brake component wear.

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The energy consumption amounts to 1.2kWh/km. The bus has wider window glasses for aesthetic look and clear visibility.

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

The electric bus battery pack has a battery management system (BMS) that monitors safety, voltage and temperature of the individual cells for charge safety and balancing.     

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

There is a LED display boards at the front, rear side and internal display board  with bus announcement system. 

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus


Photographs: Courtesy, BMTC

Two closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) are provided in the bus.