Under this partnership, Switch Mobility will manufacture the electric buses, while its subsidiary OHM Mobility will operate the buses in association with Chalo App. These buses will be launched in metro stations, railway stations and cities. To begin with, Switch Mobility will launch its electric bus model Switch i EV12, which will be followed by other models.
The company claims that its 5000 electric buses will help in reducing the emission of 2.86 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. The Chalo app claimed that 50 per cent of passengers in India use buses for transportation, but still there are only three buses per 10,000 passengers.
The company said that about 150 million passengers use the bus every day in the country, but the buses operating in India are not enough to meet the needs of the passengers. Chalo App has so far partnered with 2,500 bus operators to provide online bus booking facility to commuters. In July 2022, Chalo has completed more than 120 million bus trips on its mobile platform.
There are currently more than 15,000 bus bookings available on the Chalo app. The company also provides the facility of online tracking of the bus to its customers and also claims to be the number-1 booking company providing tracking facility.
Let us tell you that CESL, an agency of the Government of India, is preparing to buy 50,000 electric buses to promote electric vehicles in public transport. The total cost of this project for procuring electric buses has been fixed at Rs 80,000 crore. This is considered to be a big step taken by the central government to make public transport emission free.
Let us tell you that India has set a target of achieving zero emissions in 2070. For this, new policies are being implemented to promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles in the country. CESL will soon issue a tender for the purchase of buses.
CESL says that through this tender, local manufacturers will be given importance in the purchase of electric buses. This will also give a boost to the electric vehicle industry in India. Experts believe that in the next 5-6 years all the buses in the big cities of the country will be electric. This will help in curbing air pollution and the work of environmental protection will also be done faster.