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Induction of Electric Buses at various Airports across India for Aviation Sector

CLEAN ENVIRONMENT NEED OF AN HOUR:

The staggering environmental impact of air travel is driving many airline companies to whittle down their carbon footprint and make flying more sustainable. Indeed, the need for such measures has never been more pressing.According to a recent global study, recreational air travel alone is responsible for over 10 per cent of the climate change caused by human activity.

The airline industry currently produces about 3 per cent of the world’s emissions. The number is likely to surge by 2020, says World Travel Organization, when the number of tourists across the world skyrockets to 1.6 billion. With green travel increasingly finding resonance among flyers and corporate, airlines, too, are factoring in eco-friendly initiatives into their business strategies.

Over the past decade, India’s cities have been witnessing an increasing trend in motorization with deteriorating air quality, and there have been calls to promote public transport as a way out of this gridlock. It is in this context that Electric buses can play a positive role, as there are several benefits associated with the shift from conventional diesel buses to electric buses in terms of reduction in local pollution, noise, and fuel consumption. In spite of the many positive benefits related to the electric bus technology, certain challenges remain. Primary among these are costs and safety concerns. Currently, the Electric Vehicle (EV) technology is associated with significant capital costs, with the battery component constituting about half of the total manufacturing costs. Safety is yet another important parameter, and the biggest concern is that of a fire hazard. However, with a good Battery Management System (BMS), rigorous implementation of standard operating procedures, and customization of the bus fleet, both safety and cost aspects can be effectively addressed. Electric buses have already been deployed on a large scale globally, and the technology is mature and evolving continuously.

Harigo EngiWork, deputed their e-buses for Spice Jet internal operations at Chennai airport.This is together a start towards sustainable transportation in Chennai. Recognizing India’s growing transportation need and its dependency on fossil fuels. The company is continuously striving to reduce the effect of pollution in the environment. Inception of concept happened in 2018, they are aiming to provide state-of-the-art Zero Emission electric buses that are “Make in India”and in line with Govt. of India initiative living the dream of Hnbl’ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Electric vehicle is required in India but how fast it will be adopted is the question as the ecosystem is still being developed. “Launching an EV is easy but creating an ecosystem is the critical issue that needs to be managed not just by manufacturers but also by local and Central governments,” Combating air pollution with electric buses in one of the most polluting sector; Aviation sector. Making a bigger jump in helping the environment more liveable, said by all three musketeers.


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