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French agency to take up city e-bus as case study

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The city’s electric bus fleet will be featured in prestigious annual document, Global Electric Vehicle Outlook (GEVO), 2020, by Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) as a case study of a successful shift to cleaner energy in mass transport system. After winning green mobility award from C40 cities, this will be another feather in Bengal’s cap as far as successful operation of electric buses is concerned.

In the last week of February, Vita Rozite, India programme manager, energy efficiency division of IEA, wrote a letter to the MD of West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) Rajanvir Singh Kapur on the case study on electric buses in Kolkata. It said IEA would be working together with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to undertake the case study on electric buses in Kolkata.

It would focus on technical implementation, institutional arrangements, impacts, operational challenges and opportunities and future plans. IEA will draft the first cut of the case study by March 23. On March 3, transport department officials will meet TERI representatives.

Kolkata is the first Indian city to come up with a comprehensive EV policy and was first to run a sizeable fleet with a fair degree of success. “It is the first Indian city to have electricity. First tram (which runs on electricity) service and then the country’s first Metro operations were also launched in Kolkata. But still a lot of standardization is needed for proper functioning of electric buses,” said Bengal’s transport secretary Narayan Swarup Nigam at a symposium on electric mobility organised jointly by World Bank and transport department.

“We will be preparing this case study in-consultation with WBTC which will cover various technological aspects and challenges for implementation,” said Alekhya Datta, fellow & area convenor, electricity and fuels division, TERI.

 

Source: Times of India

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