KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi will be getting its first fleet of e-autos soon as Ernakulam Jilla Autorickshaw Drivers Cooperative Society (EJADCS) are set to launch 80 e-autos while Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) readying to launch another 200 in coming months.
The first 80 e-autos will have swappable batteries and these will operate in the city and in West Kochi, whereas the 200 e-autos that KMRL will roll out will provide first-and last-mile connectivity from metro stations and make the journeys of passengers more comfortable.
A metro official has said that the process for procurement of 200 autos has begun. “KMRL will purchase them, while EJADCS will operate them. Many rounds of discussions were held with them (driver’s society), and the terms and conditions, including revenue sharing, are being finalised. We have recommended that a group of 100 women drivers be trained and deployed to operate half the fleet of 200 autos as part of efforts to bring about gender parity,” he added.
These new autos will have company-fitted batteries, and recharging stations will be built in the coming months. KMRL and EJADS had agreed on a pact in September 2021 according to which they decided to operate 100 e-autos from metro stations on the 25-km Aluva-Pettah metro stretch, from November 1 which is celebrated as Kerala Day but the work was not concluded due to the pandemic situation.