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KSRTC's electric bus, which completed a four-day trial run in Kochi, left for Kozhikode on Wednesday. The transport corporation, which introduced the bus on Saturday, said the trial was "75 per cent successful" and the bus collected an average of Rs 40-45 per km.
"On the fifth day, the bus left for Kozhikode with 62 passengers. It covered 231 km and recorded a collection of Rs 7,987 on this long-distance trip," said M Tajudheen Sheikh, KSRTC regional officer.
Sheikh said that the electric bus could cover around 250 km on a day in Ernakulam city despite traffic blocks and bad conditions of the road. "The bus gained a speed of 70-75 km/hour in the city. If we can improve basic infrastructure, then the electric bus will be able to cover 300 km a day," added Sheikh.
On Saturday, the bus covered 170km with 218 commuters. And the collection was Rs 7,061. On the second day of the trial run, it covered 247km with 317 commuters and the collection was Rs 10,656. The next day, it covered 261km with 367 commuters and the collection touched Rs 12,231. On the concluding day, it covered 261km with 312 passengers and the collection was Rs 12,231.
In city traffic alone, the fully-charged bus could be operated for about 250km. According to KSRTC, the bus is ideal to operate on routes like Aluva-Fort Kochi or Nedumbassery airport-Vyttila.