India’s first electric double-decker bus unveiled in Mumbai

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Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on 18 August unveiled India’s first electric double-decker air-conditioned bus in Mumbai.


  • Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) introduced the first of its newly acquired electric double-decker air-conditioned bus.
  • This electric double-decker bus will be the world's first - semi-low floor, air-conditioned, electric double-decker with wide doors on the rear overhang and a ladder at the rear.

  • The double-decker electric bus is manufactured by Switch Mobility, the electric vehicle arm of Ashok Leyland.

  • The company has signed a contract with BEST for the supply of 900 electric buses in various phases.

  • Of these, 50% buses are expected to arrive by March 2023 and the remaining 50 per cent after that.

  • This initiative upholds the vision of a self-reliant India and provides sustainable and cost-effective solutions.

  • Compared to a single-decker bus, the number of passengers sitting in it can be almost double.

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