November 13, 2020. The first pair of private buses converted to compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel through retro fitment in Kerala, India, were flagged off at Vyttila Mobility Hub. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen will follow CNG as cost effective and environment-friendly fuels for buses, Transport Secretary K.R. Jyotilal said.
“Efforts are on to ensure availability of CNG in all refueling stations. LNG will follow suit, while hydrogen will be a long-term fuel option. A paradigm shift to green mobility is a must to do justice to future generations,” he explained.
The buses operated by Josco Motors, which began operating in the Vyttila-Ernakulam-Vyttila and Aluva-Tripunithura routes, were flagged off by Jafar Malik, CEO of both Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) and Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML). “Long-term benefits outweight the initial investment. I hope more bus operators follow suit. Firms having expertise in conversion to LNG and hydrogen as fuel sources are the need of the hour, considering their cost-effectiveness and lowering of pollution levels,” Malik said.
The two buses are also among the 200-odd ones in Kochi which have installed CCTV cameras – one facing the road and another bus interior. The other equipments on board such smart buses are LED passenger information screen, modernized GPS to keep track of their location and panic button, among others.