Why ‘Electric Bus’ is the Only Solution For Public Transportation in India…
India has a population of more than 130 crores. The population is a major cause for health, sanitation, nutrition and employment issues. India already witnessing rapid urbanization. Cities are flooded with people looking for food, shelter and jobs. It has put some serious stress on basic facilities like water, health, sanitation and transportation. India’s top metropolitan cities are facing saviour traffic jam during peak hours. Be it Delhi metro or Mumbai local, commuting during peak hours has become extremely difficult. Even the option like city transit is not fulfilling the goal it is supposed to fill.
Condition of public transportation in India is the worst. lack of maintenance of trains and buses, their frequency, their capacity to carry the load, built-in technologies are really poor. Only people who don’t have their personal vehicles are forced to commute by public transportation. If such has been the perspective of commuters and if this issue persists then roads will be crowded, cities will get more congested with cars and two-wheelers. If you really want people to choose public transportation over their personal vehicles, you need to ensure they are privileged enough to use that option.
This is where the electric bus comes in handy. Think of an AC bus with Wi-Fi connected. You have access to your favourite songs, movies. The bus is clean and neat. You’re placed perfectly for a peaceful commute. No rush, proper seating and a comfortable journey. User experience is valuable. People are actively looking for a better option. Electric buses will become a smooth mode for future transportation.
But, electric vehicles have their own advantages and disadvantages. Developed countries have invested time and funds in the development of infrastructure for e-mobility. Charging infrastructure, battery development, electricity supply, research and development for new solutions and most important cost optimization remain crucial challenges in this sector. Range of an electric bus needs to be somewhere between 250Km to 300Km per charge. Considering the distance a single bus travels, charging infrastructure will become crucial for hassle-free transportation. Battery swapping is also a key solution to avoid start and stop journey. The pace at which research and development are happening in this space it is imperative that there will be innumerable solutions.
Battery solution going to play a key role in electric space. Currently, lithium-ion batteries are costly to produce. Due to costly batteries, the price of an EV is high. Today, India is importing lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicles manufactured. Indian electric vehicle market has the potential for growth and seeking partnership with global automotive brands to launch their own product.
India has a ‘Vision 2030’. A vision where the whole country will adopt electric vehicles as a future mode of transportation. The electric bus will play a major role in this development. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh, Bangalore, Pune have already started adopting electric buses for intercity transportation. To reduce no. of vehicles on road, to eliminate CO2 emissions, for better commuting and better future electric buses are a must.