JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles Ltd and Europe's e-mobility major, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., launched its 100 per cent Electric Bus series Eco-Life at the Auto Expo 2018. The bus was launched by S.K. Arya, Chairman, JBM Group; Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group; Solange Olszewska, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. and Dariusz Michalak, Deputy CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. With the new Eco-Life, JBM claims the electric bus will save around 959 equivalent tons of carbon dioxide and 350,000 liters of diesel over 10 years of operation. The new Eco-Life electric bus will retail at a price of ₹ 2 crore. Moreover, the company is in talks with the Uttar Pradesh government for a tender of around 10 Eco-Life electric buses to run in Delhi-NCR region.
Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group said, "In line with the government's vision, our focus is to bring path breaking innovation in the electric vehicle space. This vision is just the tip of the iceberg projecting the massive revolution that the country will witness with the adoption of more electric vehicles in the system. Eco-Life is our first offering in this direction. We are committed to offering a complete ecosystem solution for e-mobility, thus supporting a green and sustainable environment."
The new Eco-Life comes powered with a fast charging lithium batteries that can run 150-200 kms in 10-15 hours of city bus operation, depending on the traffic conditions. The lithium batteries are chargeable through pantograph as well as plug-in charging system. The Eco-life electric bus technology is adaptable to the city bus operation depending on demographic and geographic conditions.
Solange Olszewska, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., said, "The new Solaris Urbino 12 electric was named "Bus of the Year 2017" which is testimony of our technology and performance. JBM and Solaris together are set to revolutionize public transportation in India with Eco-Life. The buses will be 'Made in India' with our proven technology."
The new JBM Eco-Life electric bus will be manufactured at the company's facilities in Faridabad, Haryana and Kosi, Uttar Pradesh. These plants have an capacity to manufacture 2000 buses annually.