Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 97 electric buses from the Rajghat Depot on August 24, 2022. The CM also announced that 8,000 e-buses are in the pipeline to arrive by 2025. By November 2023, Delhi will 1,800 e-buses, the highest in India.
The event began with the inauguration of bus charging stations by the Chief Minister in presence of Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. CM Arvind Kejriwal took stock of the whole charging system and understood how the buses will be charged at the depots. He went ahead to place the nozzle and charged a bus.
The experts present at the site mentioned that 1 bus will need only 42 minutes to go from zero to full charge. CM also got on one of the new electric buses and inspected all the facilities provided in the buses. Following this, the CM flagged off the new electric buses as they set off for their first journey.
CM Kejriwal stated, “We are phasing out old buses that cause pollution and replacing them with electric buses. We will develop the most effective and efficient transport model in Delhi. 153 e-buses are already plying on the roads of Delhi. Our new fleet of 97 will take the number to 250. 50 more are to be added by September. By the end of 2025, the number of buses in Delhi will increase to 10,380 of which 8180, about 80 per cent will be electric buses."
He continues, "Charging stations have been established in three depots, by 2023, 55 depots will be electrified and by 2025, 18 thousand charging points will be ready in Delhi. Moreover, 11 women have been inducted as bus drivers in Delhi, and in the coming times, 200 more women will be trained and inducted for the role.”
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “Today, 7,373 buses are plying in Delhi which is an achivement. At present, the share of electric buses in the public transport fleet is 34 per cent, by 2025, and after the arrival of 7,930 buses, the share of electric buses will increase to 80 per cent.”
Delhi Government is also undertaking rapid electrification of bus depots for housing these buses. The electrification of 55 bus depots has been targeted. 3 of these depots are already electrified, 17 more are to be electrified by June 2023 and 35 by December 2023. A total of 16 high-speed chargers will be set up there of which 10 are already live.
DTC has also awarded a contract for 1500 low-floor zero-emission electric buses that will be inducted into its transportation fleet by November 2023. It will take the total number of electric buses under its fleet to 1800, one of the highest among all Indian states. Delhi will further see rapid induction of electric buses in its city transportation fleet.
Delhi currently has 7,373 buses (CNG and Electric combined) under its city bus transportation fleet. This includes 4,064 buses being operated under Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and 3,309 buses being operated under DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit Systems). DTC is already operating 153 low-floor electric buses under its fleet.