Reducing carbon footprints, ‘BEST’ deploying 10 electric buses on Mumbai roads

Waking ahead in the initiative of the eco-friendly rides aimed at curbing pollution, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking, the city’s civic run public transport body, deployed six air conditioned and four non AC electric buses on the streets on Tuesday.

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These state of the art buses are however slated to run on its route no 302, from Pratiksha Nagar in central Mumbai to Mulund, adding more would be deployed in the second phase.

“In the second phase, 31-seater, zero-emission electric buses will run on other routes. They will be later extended to neighbouring Thane, and Colaba-Nariman Point in south Mumbai. It will provide connectivity between CSMT and areas like Lower Parel and Worli which have vast office complexes,” the officials confirmed.

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According to the statement the new buses inducted are 9 metres long and can travel up to 200 kilometres on a single charge where the battery can be fully charged in three hours. The buses have electronically controlled air suspension system to ensure a comfortable ride. Each vehicle has three CCTV cameras with continuous recording of data and are also disabled friendly.

The buses are expected to reduce the undertaking’s carbon footprint, and also save on fuel costs. The undertaking has also meanwhile launched a mobile app called ‘Best Pravas’ which will give passengers real time information of their commute, and will allow users to rate drivers.


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