Surat Shines Brighter with Electric Revolution in Public Transport

Surat has already taken commendable strides in this direction, with approximately 300 electric buses currently operational on its roads.


Surat, the world-renowned diamond capital of India, is gearing up for a monumental shift towards sustainable and eco-friendly public transportation.  The city, under the visionary leadership of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), is poised to take a giant leap forward with the introduction of a massive fleet of 1,100 high-end electric buses by 2025.

This ambitious project signifies a significant expansion of Surat’s existing electric bus network. The city has already taken commendable strides in this direction, with approximately 300 electric buses currently operational on its roads. An additional 450 electric buses are slated to join the fleet by the end of the 2024-25 fiscal year, marking a substantial transformation in Surat’s public transport system.

The SMC’s commitment to electric mobility extends beyond just acquiring electric buses. Recognizing the need for robust charging infrastructure, the corporation has established a network of around 50 electric car charging stations across the city. This well-distributed network ensures convenient charging options for electric vehicle owners, promoting wider adoption of clean transportation.

Surat’s leadership in electric vehicle adoption is further solidified by its impressive number of electric vehicles on the road.  Currently, the city boasts an impressive figure of approximately 44,000 electric vehicles gracing its streets. This stands as a testament to the growing popularity of electric mobility among Surat’s residents, a trend the SMC actively aims to support.

Looking ahead, the SMC has ambitious plans to further strengthen Surat’s electric vehicle infrastructure. The corporation is actively exploring Public-Private Partnership (PPP) models to establish dedicated charging stations for electric bikes and cars. This initiative will cater to the growing demand for charging facilities as the number of electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers continues to rise in the city.

Additionally, the SMC has allocated a dedicated budget of Rs 2 crore towards transforming the Adajan-Pal bus depot into an exclusive electric bus depot. This move will not only streamline the operations of the electric bus fleet but also serve as a symbolic representation of Surat’s commitment to a sustainable future.

“Surat’s progressive approach towards electric mobility paints a promising picture for the city. With a rapidly expanding electric bus network, a growing network of charging stations, and a supportive policy framework, Surat is well on its way to becoming a shining example of a sustainable and eco-friendly urban center” said a senior SMC officer. “The city’s commitment to electric mobility not only reduces its environmental footprint but also paves the way for a cleaner and healthier future for its residents.”