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Electric buses in Kolkata


In today’s blog, we are going to see how Kolkata has made to stand out in the electric bus segment with the highest fleet of Electric Buses in the country and more than London. And also we are going to see some electric buses in Kolkata.

Kolkata has become the third megacity among six who have been adopting electric mobility faster. In fact from the report, Kolkata is positioned ahead of London in terms of percentage of use of electric buses. The interesting fact is that, Kolkata sits at third position in the list, while London stands at fifth position, according to the report by EV City Casebook 2021.

About Research

According to the study, Shenzhen (China) is holding the top position, with 99% of the world’s electric buses. Among the Indian various cities, Kolkata has the largest percentage of electric buses. Along with the oldest surviving tram network in the whole Asia. Apart from Kolkata, the only another Indian city who featured in the study is Ahmedabad. But the city Ahmedabad stands in the electric taxi segment.

The research was conducted in cities like Shenzhen (China), Santiago (Chile), Izmir (Turkey), London (United Kingdom), and Vancouver (Canada) alongside Kolkata (India).
In fact, Kolkata has been running the electric tramway for more than a century. Kolkata has made the oldest tram network. But the oldest surviving tram network in Asia is now on the way of shrinking. These small things making Kolkata, an interesting city to live there.


Electric Buses in Kolkata

Kolkata already has the most diverse varieties of public transport in India. Where Kolkata has the signature yellow cabs, the sharing auto rickshaws, tram network (which is the oldest surviving tram network in Asia) then further they have river ferries, app cabs, cycle rickshaws, and buses including double deckers and many types of busses. Recently they also had popularity of electric vehicles.

Accordingly to the recent studies, they have showed that nearly one-third of the pollution from Kolkata’s transport comes from buses which run on fuel and produces gas. Hence this report is very good news for the environmental folks and the enthusiasts out there.

Also to defend the situation/ issue, the state transport authority and the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) has introduced electric buses from past two years. Today they have more than a 100 Electric Buses. And the state government is hoping / wishing to introduce 5,000 such more buses by the year 2030.

West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), over the past few months, they have been making more efforts to give a touristic look to the transport sector in Kolkata.

The increased percentage of electric buses in Kolkata is helping to bring down the pollution level. It is also incentivizing the locals to manufacture electric buses in the country. The electric bus popularity has also helped to serve the commuters during the crisis period in 2020. As well in the petrol rising situation in 2021.

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