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Indian Army Adoption of Green Initiatives, Introduces Electric Buses

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The armed forces embark on significant efforts towards the government’s green initiatives, marking a major step in adopting sustainable practices.

The Indian Army, with a vision to foster innovation in the defence sector, is planning to shift from traditional fuel-based vehicles to electric buses. This initiative, in line with the central government’s commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, is a testament to the Army’s forward-thinking approach and inspires optimism about the future of the defence sector.

The Indian Armed Forces consult two vendors, Ashok Leyland, an automotive manufacturer, and JBM, an electric bus maker, who compete to provide the most efficient and reliable buses for the Army’s needs. This move inspires broader adoption of eco-conscious practices across different sectors and boosts local supply chain and employment opportunities.

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Additionally, this move spearheads technological advancements in the country’s automotive industry. By promoting the use of electric vehicles, the Indian Army is not just encouraging manufacturers to innovate, but also ensuring that India remains at the forefront of technological progress.

This development leads to more efficient, durable, and cost-effective solutions that benefit the defence sector and the civilian transportation system, instilling a sense of pride and reassurance in the audience about the country’s progress.

Furthermore, deploying these electric buses likely leads to significant cost savings in the long run. With reduced dependency on fossil fuels, the operational costs associated with transportation are minimized, allowing for better resource allocation toward other critical defense needs.

Sources from defence and security inform the media that the armed forces are in the process of procuring 113 electric buses for the transportation of troops. They are currently undergoing trial stages for procuring 40-seater electric buses and operate with an endurance of 250 kilometres for deployment in plains and semi-hilly areas. Thus ensuring they meet the required standards and performance criteria.

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