The trail run of JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles (P) Ltd’s electric bus ECO-LIFE was flagged off by Minister of Transport, Kailash Gahlot, recently. ECO-LIFE, a zero emission vehicle (ZEV), will save around 1000 equivalent tonnes 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. According to a study, conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri), vehicular pollution is responsible for 25 per cent of the of PM2.5 levels, and incorporating ECO-LIFE in the public transportation system could be a positive step in addressing the pollution epidemic in the city.
Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group, said, “Aligning with the Government’s vision, our focus is to bring path breaking innovation in the Electric Vehicle space and ECO-LIFE is our first offering in this direction. At JBM, we are looking at providing the complete ecosystem for EVs as a one stop shop.”
ECO-LIFE is manufactured at the company’s hi-tech facilities in Faridabad (Haryana) and Kosi (Uttar Pradesh). These plants have an installed capacity to manufacture 2000 buses annually.