New Delhi, December 9:
NITI Aayog has announced the launch of ‘E-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition’ in partnership with Convergence Energy Service Ltd (CESL) and World Resources Institute, India (WRI India), with the support from Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
The coalition is launched with aim to share knowledge and learnings on the e-bus adoption in India among several stakeholders, (including central and state governments), city-level government agencies, transit service providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), financing institutions and ancillary service providers.
About the launch, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that electrification of public transport, especially in the bus sector is key to India’s decarbonisation strategy. He said in a statement, The e-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition is a step toward ensuring steady and paced electrification of the bus transport system in India.”
The recent impetus from Centre to aggregate e-bus demand from the 9 largest Indian cities, under the ambit of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme, Phase – II, through ongoing Grand Challenge for Deployment of e-Buses - encouraged more state government undertakings (STUs) to change their bus fleet to electric.