JBM Solaris launches its 100% Electric Bus series ‘ECO-LIFE’

Bengaluru, 9th February 2018: JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles (P) 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.

ECO-LIFE, a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV), willsave around 959 equivalent tons of carbon dioxide and 350,000 liters of dieselover 10 years of operation. This is a huge evolution from how publictransportation operates in India.

ECO-LIFE, powered by fast charging lithiumbatteries, can run 150-200 kms in 10-15 hours of city bus operation, dependingon the city’s traffic conditions. The lithium batteries are chargeable throughpantograph as well as plug-in charging system. Offering a completely flexiblesolution, the electric bus technology is adaptable to the city bus operationdepending on demographic and geographic conditions.

JBMSolaris ECO-LIFE electric buses come in as a just in timesolution addressing the growing environmental concerns in our country. JBM’sfocus is to be a one-stop solution provider in the Electric Vehicles segment byproviding a complete ecosystem solution for E-mobility i.e. Electric Bus,Battery Technology, Charging Infrastructure and Operating Pattern. By way ofits in-house R&D centres, JBM Solaris offers an entire range of activitiesright from design, development, engineering, prototyping to testing andvalidation.

Speakingon the occasion, Mr. Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group, said “India is promisinglyadvancing towards graduating to a non-fossil fuel based public transportationecosystem. Our Government is aggressively looking at incorporating 100%eco-friendly and self-sustainable mass transport solutions by 2030. In linewith the Government’s vision, our focus is to bring path breaking innovation inthe Electric Vehicle space. This vision is just the tip of the icebergprojecting the massive revolution that the country will witness with theadoption of more electric vehicles in the system. ECO-LIFE is our firstoffering in this direction. We are committed to offering a complete ecosystemsolution for e-mobility, thus supporting a green and sustainable environment”.

Ms.Solange Olszewska, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., said: “We have deliveredmemorable travel experiences in over 30 countries and now we are excited to bepresent in India, the hub of innovation. The new Solaris Urbino 12electric was named “Bus of the Year 2017” which is testimonyof our technology and performance. JBM and Solaris together are set torevolutionize public transportation in India with ECO-LIFE. The buses will be‘Made in India’ with our proven technology”.

ECO-LIFE will be manufactured at thecompany’s hi-tech facilities in Faridabad (Haryana) and Kosi (Uttar Pradesh).These plants have an installed capacity to manufacture 2000 busesannually. ECO-LIFE has a corrosion resistant monocoquestructure to ensure maximum strength and minimum weight, matching Europeanstandards for safety in case of front/side collision and rollover accidents.The bus has cantilever seats that give extra leg room for passengers andincreased storage space underneath for belongings.

 

ECO-LIFE also incorporates other utilityfeatures such as Passenger Information System (PIS) connected to GPS, VehicleHealth Monitoring System, Battery Management System, Fire Detection &Suppression System, etc. ECO-LIFE also has features likeindependent front suspension, electronic braking system, wheelchair ramp,innovative electric drive system and kneeling mechanism, wherein the bus kneels60mm towards the passengers’ door side to facilitate boarding and de-boardingof senior citizens, children and the specially-abled. For drivers, theergonomically designed touch screen dashboard provides an intuitive anduser-friendly system that allows drivers to concentrate on driving withoutdistractions, which make it a truly global product.

KeyFeatures:

·         Fastcharging Lithium Batteries

·         Pantographcharging

·         Plug-inCharging System

·         TractionMotor

·         IndependentFront Suspension

·         InvertedPortal Axle Technology

·         Corrosionresistant Monocoque structure

·         KneelingMechanism

Safety Features:

·         Live camera, centrally monitored system

·         Passenger Information System (PIS) connected to GPS

·         Emergency safe stop buttons

·         Fire extinguisher in bus

·         Electronically controlled entry doors

·         All wheel Disc brakes. (Front and Rear Axle)

·         Fire Detection & Suppression System

·         Electronic Braking system

·         Emergency Exit Doors

·         Large windows aiding 360 degree panoramic view inside-out

Convenience Features:

·         Completely low floor

·         One-step entry

·         Mobile charging socket with every seat

·         Stop Request Button for passengers

·         Public announcement system

·         2 foldable seats in wheel chair area

·         Wheel Chair ramp

·         Air conditioning system

·         Ergonomically designed touch screen dashboard for driver comfort


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