The city will soon see as many as 1,000 battery-run cabs on its roads, with Bengaluru-based Baghirathi Group in collaboration with Mahindra Group launching their e-cab services on Saturday.
The electric cab service named ‘rydS’ will offer the 1,000 battery run vehicles in the next few months to various firms in sectors like information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services and hospitality.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagged off the first phase of 50 Mahindra’s e-Verito cars of rydS as part of state government’s eMobility awareness campaign. “The campaign aims to engage citizens through awareness programmes to aid increase the number of electric vehicles across Karnataka. This is an attempt to reduce pollution on the lines of state government’s ‘Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017,” he said.
Baghirathi Travels, which has invested around Rs 130 crore in eMobility venture, will also conduct ride-and experience event in 10 locations, mostly metro stations between 2pm and 5pm. Mahesh Hariharan, founder chairman of Baghirathi Group said: “The service (rydS) marks the next stage of evolution of our organisation. It’s our vision to create shared, connected and sustainable mobility solutions.”
He said that his firm intends to work closely with customers and policy makers to implement the government’s EV policy and that their action plan focuses on developing the infrastructure for manufacturers to support a fleet of electric vehicles across the country, starting with Bengaluru.
Mahindra Electric has also announced an additional Rs 400 crore investment in Karnataka for eletric vehicle business, Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric said.
“We are very happy to lead the EV movement in Karnataka. The state is our home ground and we already have three fully functioning facilities in Bengaluru,” he said.
Electric bus, electric auto rickshaw as well as retrofitted auto rickshaws and two-wheelers were displayed at the event at Vidhana Soudha.
Another Bengaluru-based firm Lithium Urban Technology is operating electric cab services to various corporate firms across the city since 2015. It is now planning to expand from the current fleet of nearly 500 electric cabs.
The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) has said it will soon install public charging infrastructure at Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha and Brigade Road and at metro stations across the city. It will also publicize subsidized energy cost to encourage more people to use electric vehicles.
ransport Department will also create awareness among about electric auto rickshaws among auto drivers. Besides, BMTC’ plan to induct 150 e-buses, the corporation will also conduct e-Bus rides from Majestic bus stand to short distance destinations.
The Centre is providing a subsidy in the range of Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore, which is about 60% of the cost of buses. For a taxi, the subsidy amount is Rs 1.24 lakh, which is 10-15% of its cost. An autorickshaw gets a subsidy between Rs 37,000 to Rs 61,000, which is about 20% of the cost.
This is an unedited news that first appeared on indiatimes.com