PMC planning to add 50 rented EVs to its convoy

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 18 August 2019

With the Union Government pushing for electric mobility in India on a massive scale, the civic administration is also planning to set an example by using EVs for official use. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to procure 50 electric vehicles (EV) for administrative use in Pune. 

With the Union Government pushing for electric mobility in India on a massive scale, the civic administration is also planning to set an example by using EVs for official use. 

These vehicles will be procured on a contract basis. A provision of Rs 1 crore has been made for renting EVs, for which a tender will soon be floated, said PMC Deputy Commissioner Nitin Udhaas. 

These vehicles will be used by PMC officers, officer-bearers, in addition to EVs being deployed for garbage collection, water management, encroachment drives and at ward offices as well. 

Currently, the PMC has 1,315 vehicles which are used for various purposes and spends crores on their fuel and maintenance. Interestingly, only 7-8 vehicles in PMC’s convoy run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). 

On one hand, the PMC urges citizens to control air pollution caused by vehicles, but on the other hand, it’s own vehicles are contributing to city’s pollution. Introducing electric vehicles will reduce this air polluting practice.

Maharashtra State Electricity Development Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) has decided to help in setting up charging stations for these EVs.

There is a proposal to purchase new diesel vehicles for PMC’s official use, but the propsal for using EVs, procured on rent, has also been put up with it. The technology of EVs is still not that advanced and is undergoing many changes. This is the reason the civic body is not mulling outright purchase of EVs. 
 

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