The EV station in Wagholi is ready to operate and can charge up to 70 electric buses at a time, according to officials.
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) aims to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to meet demand as it leaves diesel buses and adds more electric vehicles to its fleet.
“The Wagholi EV charging station is ready to operate and will be launched soon.” According to municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar, “this will improve the charging capacity of electric buses and will be a step towards reducing public transport buses from diesel-powered vehicles.”
“Wagholi’s e-vehicle depot will accommodate 35 charging stations that can charge at one time 70 e-buses.” On March 6, the PMPML opened the country’s largest e-depot in Baner, which was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “said Laxminarayan Mishra, chairman and executive director of the PMPML.
In addition, the PMPML aims to upgrade the electric bus service from its location to transport tourists to Sinhagad Fort. “The two charging stations at Sinhagad Fort are ready and accessible to charge PMPML buses for special use,” he said, adding that the Maharashtra government had decided to ban any private vehicles from operating on the road from the base of the fort to him. peak.
“At Baner, we can now charge 40 buses, and their full capacity will be reached soon.” PMC chief engineer Shrinivas Kandul said, “The Wagholi Center will be upgraded. PMC intends to install charging stations at Pune station and Bibewad depots.
Two years ago, the first electric bus charging depot was opened in Hadapsar, followed by another in Nagdi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, where 150 buses were purchased with money provided by the Union government.
PMPML currently operates 150 electric buses on 19 routes and is gradually increasing its capacity by adding another 70 electric buses to its fleet. It has also started hiring 300 electric aircraft with air-conditioning that seats 18 passengers and a wheelchair to work in key parts of the city.