Solar Electric Bus: Benefits and Costs
Anal Sheth, CEPT University, Ahmedabad; Dhiraj Santdasani, Dhiraj Santdasani
Sustainable, Electric, Solar, Transport, Bus, Renewables, Benefits, Cost
This paper explores the air pollution caused in the city of Ahmedabad due to the transport sector. A scenario of replacement of three diesel buses with electric buses for a route of 250 km is considered. It is envisaged to construct a grid connected solar rooftop plant that will charge the battery operated electric bus at night from the grid and return the energy during daytime to the grid while the bus is in operation. The major capital costs required for the development of the infrastructure for charging and procurement of buses and batteries are identified and compared with the fossil fuel (diesel) savings over a period of 25 years. The air pollution mitigated over this period is also calculated. A summary of benefits and costs of such an initiative is made.
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