Kerala is making a monumental stride towards sustainability and environmental consciousness by transforming its public transport into a greener mode. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the state’s government-owned public transport provider, is taking the lead in this effort by gradually phasing out diesel buses and embracing electric buses, marking a significant leap towards a more eco-friendly and greener transportation system.
KSRTC’s decision to switch to electric buses stems from a recognition of the urgent need to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and air pollution. According to the latest information, KSRTC has set an extraordinary precedent by committing to a complete transition from conventional fossil fuel-powered buses to electric ones. Just two days ago, KSRTC launched 60 new electric buses in Thiruvananthapuram, exclusively for city routes as part of the smart city project.
The shift to electric buses presents a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond environmental advantages. While zero tailpipe emissions contribute to improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, these buses also significantly reduce noise pollution, making urban landscapes quieter and more liveable. According to KSRTC officials, a total of 1690 electric buses will be added to the fleet as part of the plan to transition to green fuels in the coming months. These electric buses will be introduced in services under two Union Government schemes.
KSRTC’s ambitious plan includes a comprehensive strategy for the deployment of electric buses. To ensure a seamless transition without disrupting daily commuting patterns, a phased approach is being adopted. The initial phase involves the gradual replacement of older diesel buses with new electric ones, accompanied by the establishment of charging infrastructure at key terminals and depots.
“The electrification initiative is not merely about swapping vehicle types; we are also exploring renewable energy sources such as the installation of solar-powered charging stations to further reduce the carbon footprint,” stated a senior KSRTC official. “The move towards electric buses is expected to lead to long-term cost savings in operating expenses, as electricity tends to be more cost-effective than traditional fossil fuels.”
While this transition undoubtedly presents challenges, including the initial investment required for procuring electric buses and establishing charging infrastructure, the long-term benefits are substantial. The government transport corporation will not only contribute to the preservation of the environment and public health but will also position itself as a forward-thinking entity dedicated to serving its citizens and the planet.