Environment across Himachal Pradesh is experiencing alarmingly high levels of pollution. With a view to conserve greenery and boost green transport technologies in the state, the State Road Transport Corporation of Himachal Pradesh has decided to restrict the use of diesel and petrol operated tourist vehicles and instead operates a number of electric buses in the hill state.

In this connection, the country’s first electric bus service was recently flagged off from Rohtang Pass, a tourist destination near E Vanalatha Manali. To experience a drive in the eco-friendly vehicles, one needs to plan a vacation to the ecologically fragile area.

The e-bus would ply on a 51 km eco-fragile stretch from Kullu- Manali-Rohtang Pass. It has already successfully completed trial runs at a steep gradient and over 13,000 feet altitude. With this e-drive, Himachal Pradesh has become the first in the world to ply an electric bus at an altitude of 13,000 feet.

An Indian company known as Goldinfra, Goldstone Infratech Limited, has developed a 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 zero-emission electric bus. The Automative Research Association of India (ARAI) certified the e-bus after extensive testing.

In a single charge, the electric bus can travel for up to 200 kms. The bus uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, which ensures longer lifetime, best power density and is safe due to chemical and thermal stability and can be recharged in less than 4 hours.

By 2030, the central government proposes to introduce allelectric transport vehicles across the country.