JBM Solaris, a joint venture between
JBM Group and Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. will invest Rs. 300 crore towards engineering,
design and development, manufacturing, supply chain development and other focus
areas. At the Auto Expo held in Greater Noida early 2016, the company had
unveiled the 100pc electric bus Ecolife. JBM Solaris will now be manufacturing
this bus in India.
Read: JBM & Solaris unveil India’s
first 100pc electric bus ‘Ecolife’
The Ecolife buses will be powered by
fast charging lithium batteries which have a range of 200kms per charge.
Through the use of Ecolife zero emission buses, 4,20,000 litres of diesel fuel
can be saved amounting to a reduction of 1150 tonnes of carbon dioxide. These
buses also come with a plug-in charging facility and are adaptable to different
demographic and geographic conditions.
Through this JV, JBM aims at introducing
the already proven European technology for EVs, which are sustainable as well
as affordable for the first time in the country. One of the focus areas of the
company will be in local manufacturing, developing indigenous sources for all
key aggregates, systems & components catering to domestic & global
Solaris will bring forward its
expertise in electric buses while JBM Auto will provide its engineering &
design expertise, market know-how, manufacturing facilities and infrastructure.
JBM Solaris aim to begin production of Ecolife by Q4 of FY 16-17 at Kosi, U.P.
The company under the JV will also work towards bringing in the entire range of
buses in further phases.
Nishant Arya, Executive
Group said, “Our association with Solaris Bus comes in as a just in time move
towards developing green solutions that will transform the public
transportation domain in India. I firmly believe that JBM's expertise in design
& development coupled with Solaris' rich experience in green mass
transportation solutions will together result in developing products that are
not only green but also convenient, safe and affordable”.
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