JBM Solaris – a joint-venture between Indian auto component maker JBM Auto and Polish Solaris Bus & Coach – will invest Rs 300 crore for making India’s first 100 percent electric buses Ecolife in the country. The joint-venture will make the investment towards engineering, design and development, manufacturing, supply chain development among other focus areas in this electric mobility project completely made in India.
The ECOLIFE buses made their Indian debut at this year’s Auto Expo in February. Production of this new 100% electric bus will commence from Q4 of the 2016-17 fiscal, and it is expected to go on sale around April 2017.
Ecolife is a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) as it is powered by lithium batteries, which are fast charging and runs upto 200 kms daily for city bus operation. This vehicle can also run on plug-in charging enough for a daily city bus commute.