In a bid to reduce carbon footprint and to promote electronic mobility in the city, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has decided to roll out 75 electronic three-wheelers (e-rickshaws). Out of 75 vehicles, 10 will be used for public transport on the Appu Ghar to RK Beach stretch, reaming will be used for solid waste collection.
Asian Development Bank will fund the e-vehicle project under its ‘urban climate change resilience trust fund as a part of the Visakhapatnam–Chennai industrial corridor development programme. For the development of the e-vehicle project, GVMC will provide land for the construction of four battery swapping-cum-service stations for these vehicles.
As per the initial pan, GVMC has proposed to procure four e-buses and 25 e-rickshaws for multi-modal electric public transport as well as garbage collection around three years ago under the same project. Nevertheless, it was not materialized due to various reasons, but now, with the increased funding, the corporation is currently in the process of procuring these 75 e-vehicles to suit all terrains of the city,” a concerned official of the GVMC said.
The onus lies on the successful bidder is to supply e-vehicles with supporting charging infrastructure and provide operation and maintenance for five years. The e- rickshaws will come with an innovative design to unload waste from the cart into compactor bins and mini compactors and will have a full charge range of 90–100km. It will also be fitted with public announcement systems and GPS devices. The novel initiative of e-rickshaws will come with many benefits such as saving on fuel consumption and costs, cut down pollution and greenhouse gas emission, say GVMC officials.