IIT Bombay’s Energy Swaraj Yatra Bus –Key Facts.

20 March 2021.


An innovation of IIT Bombay- Energy Swaraj Yatra Bus has been buit by Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki a professor in IIT Bombay.The Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, took his ride in the ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ bus to raise awareness about the solar energy.


  • The “Energy Swaraj Yatra” bus runs on the solar energy.
  • It comprises of a complete work-cum-residential unit.
  • This yatra will continue till 2030.
  • While taking the ride, the education minister highlighted that, this project is in line with the “National Education Policy” which comprises of an “in-built framework for imparting skills” with respect to the use of solar energy in schools and colleges.
  • The minister also stated that, this bus has been designed with the objective of creating a public movement for the adoption of 100 percent solar energy.

About “Energy Swaraj Yatra” Bus

  • The bus allows the occupant to perform all the daily activities such as bathing, cooking, sleeping, working, meeting and training.
  • This bus has been fitted with the 3.2 kW solar panels. It is having the capacity of 6 kWh of battery storage.

Energy Swaraj Yatra

  • The concept of “Energy Swaraj Yatra” is based on “Gandhian ideologies” to mitigate the climate change and to ensure the energy sustainability.
  • Climate change has become an emergency which requires public efforts in order to mitigate it.
  •  The Energy Swaraj Movement was started to bring about the public awareness and their involvement to solve climate change problem.

Dr Chetan Singh Solanki

  • Dr Solanki has initiated the “Energy Swaraj Yatra” mission in the year 2020 to raise awareness regarding the adoption of solar energy.
  • He is a professor from IIT Bombay who have pledged to not go home until the year 2030.
  • During 2020-2030 he has pledged to live and travel in the solar bus.
  • He was recently made the Brand Ambassador of Solar Energy of Madhya Pradesh by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

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