The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has received a prototype of an electric bus, which will undergo a trial run between Bengaluru and Mysuru. The 12-meter e-bus, which is equipped with 43 push-back seats, onboard and offboard charging facilities, and WiFi, can travel up to 300 kilometers on a single charge and has a Li-ion Phosphate battery that can be charged in two to three hours.
The bus will be operated by private company Olectra on a gross cost contract basis and is part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME II) project of the central government. KSRTC plans to have 50 electric buses operating on six intercity routes by January or February and aims to convert its entire fleet to electric by 2030. Charging stations have already been set up in Bengaluru and Mysuru, with plans to install them in Madikeri, Virajpet, Davanagere, Shivamogga, and Chikkamangaluru. The electric buses will be named “EV Power Plus” with the tagline “e-Xperience e-levate.”