JBM Auto released Ecolife – a bus that runs 100% on electric power. The bus was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016, in New Delhi. Ecolife will run on power derived from lithium batteries and is meant for transportation within the city.
JBM Auto claims that this is India’s first such bus and it will run for 10 to 15 hours after one charge of six hours, covering 150-200 km.
The bus has multiple charging options – it can be plugged in or connected to an electric unit at the top of a bus station. It is a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and will support fast charging. The company is considering selling the buses in two lengths – 9 metres and 12 metres. They will be made in India and the production will begin later this year.
“Pollution being an increasingly serious health concern in metropolises, it has become imperative to shift our mass public transport system from fossil fuel to non-fossil fuel. As a socially responsible organisation, we believe that electric bus would be an apt solution we could offer,” said Executive Director of JBM Group, Nishant Arya.
He added that the company will keep participating in government initiatives like the Make in India programme, and Smart Cities.
The bus has been developed as a joint venture with Poland based Solaris Bus and Coach SA. According to the company, Ecolife has features like the passenger information system (PIS), and vehicle health monitoring system. It will also adapt to geographic conditions or the available public transport infrastructure.