Initiative to fast-track the achievement of climate and air quality goals; Mumbai to gain technical assistance in e-bus deployment

Mumbai has become the first Indian city to join the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) E-Bus Mission which will develop a tailored implementation work plan for deploying e-buses in Mumbai.

The TUMI E-Bus Mission will comprise of a technical assistance plan and a plan to create a long-term adoption roadmap for Mumbai.

A Letter of Intent to join the TUMI E-Bus Mission was signed by BEST in the presence of Shri Aaditya Thackeray, Minister for Environment, Tourism and Protocol, Government of Maharashtra.

Under the guidance Shri Aaditya Thackeray, the city of Mumbai has recognized the urgent need for action to mitigate climate change and considering the key role that the electrification of public transport plays for achieving this goal, will participate and contribute towards the TUMI E-Bus Mission.

“The transition to electric is necessary for all vehicle segments, big or small, in order to fast-track the achievement of climate and air quality goals. E-buses can play a significant role in this transition,” Shri Aaditya Thackeray said.  

The signing of the Letter of Intent signifies Mumbai reaffirmation of its resolution to work towards decarbonization of public transport via electrification. The TUMI E-bus mission will help Mumbai define targets for e-bus deployment that will be monitored by an action plan.

The mission aims to establish a broad coalition of public-and-private-sector organizations to achieve a transition to E-Buses within 20 ‘deep dive cities’ and to replicate this in a further 100 cities by the end of 2022. By 2025, more than 1,00,000 electric buses in 500 cities are to be prepared for subsequent tenders and procurements. The project is part of the Action towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT)-Initiative, which was launched at the UNSG Summit in September 2019.

BEST in Mumbai operates the largest electric bus fleet in India with 386 e-buses. By 2023, the transport undertaking plans to add 1,900 electric buses to its fleet and aims to convert 45% of its current fleet to electric buses.

Mumbai’s participation will see technical assistance that may include development of technical specifications for e-buses, protocols for performance assessment, planning the charging infrastructure, route operation and financial models and the development of public policies.

Over the course of the TUMI E-Bus Mission, Mumbai will participate at mentee cities network meetings and engage with knowledge-sharing. Representatives of Mumbai will also engage regularly with global, national, and local coalition partners at conferences and workshops to share experiences and lessons learnt in e-bus deployment.

The German Government’s Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and World Resources Institute (lead and co-lead) together with the partners C40 Cities, The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) are jointly implementing the TUMI E-Bus Missionuntil the end of 2022.