State government to start electric buses in selected routes
Chennai looks at a battery-powered future
Aimed at reducing carbon emissions, the Tamil Nadu government recently kicked off an initiative to run 500 electric buses in three cities —Chennai, Madurai & Coimbatore. With the first phase rolled out, Chennaiites discuss the pros and cons.
Maintaining electric buses will be critical and expensive and only 10% of the lead acid batteries can be reused.
Electric buses are easier to implement in Coimbatore than Chennai, where buses are the the centre of intracity transportation.
Infrastructural support should be established for these buses in the city, where in case of a breakdown, multiple charge points must be present.
Greater Chennai Corporation's office located in: Egmore