Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) unveils India’s first electric bus BYD K9 in Bangalore on Thursday. The 31-seat fully air conditioned bus can run up to 250kms with fully charged battery.
For the first three months the bus will be operated on trial basis between Majestic and Kadugodi and will be deployed in other routes subsequently.
The bus was manufactured by BYD Auto and costs Rs 2.7 crore which is higher than Volvo bus prices which comes at Rs 90 lakhs. However operational price of this electric bus is Rs 7 per kilometer which is much lower than Volvo bus operational price which is Rs 18 per kilometer.
Some of the salient features of the bus are zero emission levels, no sounds while running, sliding doors, two CCTV cameras in saloon areas, two roof hatches which services as emergency exits and small hammers were also set up next to each window to break open the glasses in case of emergencies.
The fares of this bus will be equivalent to that of Volvo bus fares.
The bus also features a fire detection system which alerts driver automatically when spark or smoke is detected by the sensors.
With the raising air and sound pollution levels, Bangaloreans will be more delighted to have more number of CNG and Electric buses running in the city.