Electric Buses in India: Technology, Policy and Benefits

At a Glance

Publication Date August 2016
Format pdf
Country India
Thematic Areas Green Cities, Cross Cutting

GGGI, in association with Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), produced a special report, ‘Electric Buses in India: Technology, Policy and Benefits’. The report is a reference document, which has the potential to catalyze deployment of electric vehicles in India, especially in light of several recent policy initiatives by Government of India (GoI). Key insights and findings from this special report would also be relevant for other countries, facing similar transportation challenges.

Within the context of increasing transportation demand and growing number of private vehicles, electric buses offer sustainable mobility solutions, since they significantly reduce GHG emissions, air and noise pollution, and dependence on fossil fuels.

The report assesses green growth benefits and global technology trends related to electric buses, and also summarizes the current policy landscape in India.

The report compliments sub-national Green Growth Strategies, prepared by GGGI, for Indian states of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh (HP). GGGI-led analyses identified electric mobility in public transport as a high impact green growth opportunity. As a follow up, GGGI supported the State Government of Karnataka and HP with a pre-feasibility assessment of battery powered electric buses for public transport, also establishing a business case. The proposal, jointly developed by Government of HP and GGGI, became the first successful initiative by any state government in India to secure a national grant ($ 5.5 million USD), under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of Government of India.