ebus trial by PMPML
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) conducted trial run of an electric bus on the Nigdi-Bhekrainagar route recently. It also conducted trial runs of the ebus supplied by a contractor in different parts of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. The ebus that PMPML used for conducting the trials was a ninemeter long bus. Using sand bags weighing three to 3.5-tonnes instead of passengers for the trial, the public transport body ran the ebus for a total of 225 kms. The trial was monitored by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) and PMPML officials. Of importance in the wake of the PMPML proposal to run 500 ebuses (of which 150 ebuses will be taken on rent) for environment conservation and pollution control, the trial saw the ebus successfully climb the Katraj ghat on the periphery on the city. Running in congested areas of Pune city like Deccan Gymkhana, Camp, Laxmi Road and Bajirao Road, the ebus consumed only 76 per cent of its power, according to sources, upon full charging and running for 225 km. Post the trial of the ebus, which is laced with brake regeneration system, auto transmission, intelligent traffic management system (ITMS), LED board and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, CIRT will submit a report to PMPML.