Auto Expo 2018: JBM Solaris Launches Its 100% Electric Bus Series ECO-LIFE
JBM Solaris ECO-LIFE. (Image: JBM Solaris)
JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles Ltd, a JV between India’s leading automotive company, JBM Auto Ltd. and Europe’s e-mobility major, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., today launched its 100% Electric Bus series ECO-LIFE at the Auto Expo 2018. The bus was launched by Mr. S.K. Arya, Chairman, JBM Group; Mr. Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group; Ms. Solange Olszewska, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. and Mr. Dariusz Michalak, Deputy CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
The company claims that ECO-LIFE, a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV), will save around 959 equivalent tons of carbon dioxide and 350,000 liters of diesel over 10 years of operation. This is a huge evolution from how public transportation operates in India.
ECO-LIFE, powered by fast charging lithium batteries, can run 150-200 kms in 10-15 hours of city bus operation, depending on the city’s traffic conditions. The lithium batteries are chargeable through pantograph as well as plug-in charging system. Offering a completely flexible solution, the electric bus technology is adaptable to the city bus operation depending on demographic and geographic conditions.
ECO-LIFE will be manufactured at the company’s facilities in Faridabad (Haryana) and Kosi (Uttar Pradesh). These plants have an installed capacity to manufacture 2000 buses annually. The bus has cantilever seats that give extra legroom for passengers and increased storage space underneath for belongings.
ECO-LIFE also incorporates other utility features such as Passenger Information System (PIS) connected to GPS, Vehicle Health Monitoring System, Battery Management System, Fire Detection & Suppression System, etc. ECO-LIFE also has features like independent front suspension, electronic braking system, wheelchair ramp, innovative electric drive system and kneeling mechanism, wherein the bus kneels 60mm towards the passengers’ door side to facilitate boarding and de-boarding of senior citizens, children and the specially-abled.
For drivers, the ergonomically designed touch-screen dashboard provides an intuitive and user-friendly system that allows drivers to concentrate on driving without distractions, which make it a truly global product.
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