The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation intends to utilise double-decker electric buses.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which has already started using an electric bus fleet for city circle service, intends to start using two electric double-decker buses. The KSRTC and Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) will collaborate on this project.

Two completely constructed non-AC open roof, double-decker electric buses are being purchased by the KSRTC. This will also include a charger and a movable roof that is powered by electricity. A five-year yearly maintenance contract and a guarantee of two years or two lakh kilometers, whichever comes first, must also be provided by the seller.

According to the tender document, the bus must be ecologically sustainable, safe, and secure for passenger transit. 180 kilometers per day of bus service is anticipated in the city.

The vendor is responsible for making sure that KSRTC mechanics and personnel receive timely training so they can do preventive and regular maintenance using KSRTC's facilities. According to the specifications, the buses' length and height will be 9,700mm and 4,750mm, respectively. 66 seats will be available. According to the standard paper, one charge may go at least 120km. On the upper deck, a retractable roof with an electrically powered wind guard and guards to prevent striking trees will be installed. A GPS-enabled automated destination announcement and display system with eight language options is also included in the specification.

A restaurant with a kitchen, storage space for food, and seats for patrons similar to a coffee shop will be built onto the bottom level. Ten additional electric buses have recently been added to the KSRTC's city-circulation service. The electric buses were first used in the city circular service on August 1, 2022, by KSRTC-SWIFT.

25 buses were introduced in the first stage. In city routes, the cost of running diesel buses per kilometer is Rs 37, whereas the cost of operating electric buses is Rs 23. The KSRTC might earn a profit of Rs 40 lakh per month in the first two months after the deployment of the electric buses.

In August and September, respectively, the company may save Rs 28 lakh and Rs 32 lakh on diesel expenditures.

On April 18, KSRTC City Ride began operating open-deck double-decker buses to improve the travel experience for visitors to the city. The night city travel (5pm to 10pm) and the day city ride are presently provided by the two-story bus (9am to 4pm).

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