RTC to install solar power plants in bus stations – The New Indian Express
Express press service
VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has drawn up a plan to massively exploit unconventional energy sources. It plans to install solar power plants at RTC bus stations and electric vehicle charging stations, in addition to providing electric bicycles to its employees. A total of 7,000 e-bikes will be provided to RTC employees in NTR and Krishna districts on a trial basis.
APSRTC Managing Director Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao recently held a meeting with officials from the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) and discussed the possibilities of setting up solar power plants and terminals charging stations for electric vehicles in RTC bus stations. The DM of the APSRTC has also issued a circular giving certain responsibilities to the deposit managers in this regard.
A senior RTC official told TNIE that in line with the e-mobility policy, the state government aims to phase out all internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in four major cities, including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati by 2024, and in all cities in the state by 2030.
NREDCAP has offered to provide electric vehicles with a four-year warranty to RTC employees. Vehicles equipped with quality batteries will be supplied by companies recognized by NREDCAP.
The price of an e-vehicle is more than 1 lakh and RTC employees do not have to pay a deposit for the e-bike, he said.
The supplier/manufacturer will provide financing options. The EMI will be deducted from the employee’s salary. The monthly payment will be between `2,000 and `2,500. Depending on the financial situation of the beneficiary employee, IMEs ranging from 24 to 60 will be offered.
E-bikes cover a distance of 40 to 100 km on a single charge. The range varies according to the vehicle model chosen by the employees. The speed of the vehicle varies from a minimum of 25 km/h to a maximum of 100 km/h, the official explained.