The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) on Thursday launched the much-awaited India’s first electric bus in Bangalore — BYD K9 in the City for a trial period of three months.
Initially, the bus will ply between Majestic and Kadugodi (Route No 335E.) Later on, it will ply between Majestic and either the Kempegowda Airport or the ITPL. The fare of the bus will be the same as that of the Volvo buses run by BMTC on different routes with Rs 10 as the minimum fare.
On an average, the bus will require six hours of charging and will be able to run 250 km after being fully charged, said BMTC Managing Director Anjum Parvez.
Initial cost of the bus is Rs 2.7 crore, three times higher than a Volvo bus which comes at Rs 90 lakh approximate price tag.
However, compared to Volvo, which works out to an average of Rs 18 per kilometre, this one works out at Rs 7 per km. Difference in maintenance cost is not disclosed.