BMTC sources said two firms- NTPC and Hyderabad-based Evey Trans Private Limited -have taken part in the process. The tender may be finalised by August-end.
“NTPC has formed a JV with its original equipment manufacturer partner JBM. JBM already has a joint venture between Polish bus maker Solaris which will bring European expertise. NTPC will take care of charging infrastructure and power supply,” said a BMTC official.
The other bidder, Hyderabad-based Evey Trans Private Ltd, is an SPV set up by Olectra Greentech Limited, which has a JV with China’s BYD Auto Industry Company.
“NTPC is venturing into the e-mobility sector through state transport undertakings because of the growing demand for battery-run environmental-friendly vehicles. The NTPC-JBM-Solaris JV is expected to give a tough competition to Chinese firms,” the official added. Another PSU, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, is also into e-bus manufacturing, but it has not participated in the bid.
Metro feeder buses
BMTC officials said they plan to induct 90 non-AC midi electric Metro feeder buses with a passenger capacity of 30 to 35. It will be deployed to and from Metro stations like Mysuru Road, Byappanahalli, Banashankari and Indiranagar.
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