NITI Aayog’s ‘e-Sawari India E-Bus Coalition’
NITI Aayog in association with the Convergence Energy Service Limited (CESL) & World Resources Institute, India launched the “e-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition” (e-Sawari India e-Bus Coalition). This coalition is also supported by Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
Purpose of the coalition
With the launch of “e-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition”, central government agencies, state government agencies, city-level government agencies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), transit service providers, financing institutions, and ancillary service providers would be able to share their learnings and knowledge on e-bus adoption in India.
Significance of the launch
In India, electrification of public transport especially across bus sector is key to decarbonization strategy. The launch of e-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition is a step of ensuring steady and paced electrification of bus transport system in the country. It will help in address the challenges of procurement, operations & financing e-bus deployment in a bid to achieve net zero emissions.
Electric bus in India
Adoption of electric bus has gained traction in India. several cities and their governments have embarked for electrifying their bus-based transport system. Government has been aggregating e-bus demand from the nine largest Indian cities under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.
About NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog serves as the apex public policy think tank and nodal agency in India. It was set up in 2015, by replacing the Planning Commission. It has been tasked with catalysing economic development, and fostering cooperative federalism by involving State Governments of India. Some of the initiatives include:
- 15-year road map
- 7-year vision, strategy, and action plan
- Digital India
- Atal Innovation Mission
- Medical Education Reform
- Agriculture reforms etc.