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Feb 07, 2018 04:50 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

JBM unveils fully electric bus Eco-Life at Auto Expo 2018

The bus can run upto 200 km in a single charge depending on the size of the battery.

Shubham Raj @jaRmahbuhS
JBM Eco-life
JBM Eco-life

After a delay of nearly a year, JBM Auto has finally unveiled its Eco-Life electric bus on Wednesday at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida.

The maximum speed of the bus is 75 kmph. The seating capacity of the bus ranges between 36-40. The eco-friendly bus will cost between Rs 2 crore to Rs 3 crore depending on the customisations.

Nishant Arya, Executive Director of the JBM group said that the company wishes to focus on meeting the specific needs of the customers. “We don't want that we present just one option saying we have only this and customer has to buy that one. We want to give multiple options to the customers.”

JBM Eco-life is suitable for urban transport and is fully electric. The bus can run upto 200 km in a single charge depending on the size of the battery. The charging time could also vary from 5 minutes to 1 hour.

The standout feature of the bus is the ability to charge via a pantograph - a device which usually delivers power from the top of the vehicle - an example can be seen in Metro trains across the country) as well as plug-in charger. The battery system is liquid-cooled and mounted on roof.

Arya said that the manufacturing of the bus will happen in company’s Haryana and UP factories. It could hit the road in the second half of this year.

“We are working with multiple customers and many smart cities,” Arya said.

The bus has been produced in collaboration with European bus manufacturer, Solaris.

Design, engineering and production of the bus has happened at JBM’s Uttar Pradesh manufacturing facility. The technology, however, has been provided by Solaris. The Li-ion batteries installed in the bus are also manufactured out of India.

The company, with their Citylife diesel and CNG buses ventured into the public transport segment. JBM has supplied 105 such buses to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation.
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