The city has featured among six global megacities for its faster adoption of electric vehicles in mass transportation. The EV City Casebook 2021, which will be released on March 11, will have Kolkata as a case study along with Shenzhen (China), Santiago (Chile), Izmir (Turkey), London (UK) and Vancouver (Canada).
In fact, Kolkata stands third — ahead of London — in terms of ‘percentage penetration of e-buses’. Significantly, Shenzhen is way ahead, with 99% of the world’s electric buses being in China. Kolkata, with its largest fleet of electric buses among Indian cities, along with the oldest surviving tram network of Asia, makes a good case study of electric mass transit.
The ‘Third EV City Casebook’ presents informative case studies on city and regional EV deployment efforts around the world. These case studies are illustrative examples of how pioneering cities are preparing the ground for mass market EV deployment. The only other Indian city that features in this casebook is Ahmedabad. But that is for the electric taxi segment.
The purpose of the EV City Casebook is to share experiences on EV demonstration and deployment, identify challenges and opportunities, and highlight best practices for creating thriving EV ecosystems