JBM Auto, India’s foremost auto components maker entered the passenger commercial vehicle niche with its buses at the Auto Expo 2016 held in February at Delhi. The company has now tied up with Solaris to produce electric and hybrid buses. Solaris is a known brand in Europe which produces complete passenger transport solution including school bus, intercity, city, low-floor and special purpose buses as well.
Solaris has been operational since 1996 and is based out of Poznań, Poland. It has so far sold over 14,000 vehicles across 30 countries. The company will help JBM to produce Ecolife electric bus with its technology. Once it goes into the production, Ecolife will be the second mass produced public transport bus from the company. The Ecolife bus will be powered by lithium batteries that’ll make it cover 150-200 km distance in 10-15 hours of city transportation.
However, details about the JV hasn’t been made official yet. The Ecolife was demoed at the Auto Expo 2016 as well and got many eyes on it for a viable city-transport solution. In the recent past too, there have been electric hybrid buses introduced by Volvo in Mumbai.