Bhubaneswar, November 25 (LocalWire) The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), that provides public transport services in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, and Puri carried out a trial run of its electric buses on Saturday.
The state government recently received 50 electric buses from the central government, which will be inducted in the existing fleet soon.
Electric buses are becoming increasingly relevant as they reduce vehicular pollution through lesser carbon emissions which helps in improving overall air quality.
It is no wonder then that transport authorities across different states in India are gradually junking traditional buses that spew thick black smoke, to make the gradual shift towards cleaner and sophisticated electric buses.
LocalWire brings to you some interesting facts about the electric buses that not many people know.
1) The first successful electric vehicle, a car, was made in the United States in 1890 by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa.
The car could carry six people and travel around 100 kilometers before needing a recharge.
2) Electric buses can be of two types: the first one that stores electricity onboard using batteries, and the second type that is continuously fed by an outer source of electricity, such as overhead wires.
3) Electric vehicles are easier to drive than conventional diesel vehicles. The traditional vehicles require a lot of effort as it involves changing gears as well as release overpowering, unpleasant fumes and make a lot of noise. Electric vehicles run rather smoothly and in a noise-free manner in comparison.
4) Battery-operated electric buses can be recharged by two kinds of batteries: a fast recharge battery that needs just about 15-20 minutes but runs for a shorter distance and the second type is of larger battery packs that take a few hours to recharge but covers longer distances.
5) Electric buses may not be entirely emission-free. It depends upon the source of energy from which electricity is used to recharge the bus.
If the electricity is sourced from fossil fuels like coal or petroleum, the emissions from these electricity-generation plants are to be considered while evaluating pollution from electric buses.
However, if the electricity is generated from renewable sources such as hydel, wind or solar energy, the buses are completely emission-free.
6) Currently, China has the largest number of electric buses in the world. With over 4,00,000 buses, it comprises about 99 per cent of the world’s total electric bus count.
7) The first electric bus in India was launched in 2014 in Bengaluru.
8) In October 2016, Ashok Leyland launched the first 100 per cent made-in-India electric bus. The series has been named Circuit and it can carry 35 to 65 people at one time.