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Old 27th November 2017, 17:47   #1
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Default JBM Auto to launch its first electric bus at 2018 Auto Expo

JBM Auto had announced their joint venture with European bus manufacturer, Solaris Bus and Coach S.A. back in July 2016. Now, Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group has told the media that the company is planning to launch the EcoLife electric bus in India at the 2018 Auto Expo.

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The EcoLife electric bus will available in 12-metre and 9-metre variants with a seating capacity of 30-40 people depending on the variant. The electric buses will cost around Rs. 2.5-3 crore each.

The buses have been designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kosi, Uttar Pradesh using technologies shared by Solaris as part of the joint venture. The company also has plans to export the electric buses to other right-hand drive markets in the Commonwealth.

The lithium-ion batteries for the bus are manufactured overseas using designs developed in-house at JBM Auto. Meanwhile, the bus bodies are being built at company's Ballabhgarh plant near Delhi. According to the company, ARAI is currently testing the buses and homologation is expected to be completed by the time of launch.

The company has recently entered the bus segment with their CityLife diesel and CNG buses. The Noida Metro Rail Company has 105 of those buses operational currently.

Source: Economic Times

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JBM Auto had announced their joint venture with European bus manufacturer, Solaris Bus and Coach S.A. back in July 2016. Now, Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group has told the media that the company is planning to launch the EcoLife electric bus in India at the 2018 Auto Expo.

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The EcoLife electric bus will available in 12-metre and 9-metre variants with a seating capacity of 30-40 people depending on the variant. The electric buses will cost around Rs. 2.5-3 crore each.

The buses have been designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kosi, Uttar Pradesh using technologies shared by Solaris as part of the joint venture. The company also has plans to export the electric buses to other right-hand drive markets in the Commonwealth.

The lithium-ion batteries for the bus are manufactured overseas using designs developed in-house at JBM Auto. Meanwhile, the bus bodies are being built at company's Ballabhgarh plant near Delhi. According to the company, ARAI is currently testing the buses and homologation is expected to be completed by the time of launch.

The company has recently entered the bus segment with their CityLife diesel and CNG buses. The Noida Metro Rail Company has 105 of those buses operational currently.

Source: Economic Times

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Is it just me who thinks that these buses are way too costly? I mean 2.5 crores is a lot of money. Can anyone tell me about the normal cost of manufacturing a bus? Also, the first thing that came into my mind after reading the news was, that we never realise how time changes, we were the ones who removed electric trams from the roads to make "way" for gasoline powered cars. Now, again we are the same humans to bring back electric vehicles on road.
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Default Re: JBM Auto to launch its first electric bus at 2018 Auto Expo

Thats a lot of money to plonk into a city bus.

The high cost could be attributed to the fact that they are trying to cover up for the developmental costs of the project, which would have been sky high considering that it is an electric bus after all. Expect cheaper versions to be offered and other manufacturers to step in as well in the next decade or so.

I think the prices will slowly decrease with time and even the government may step in and offer incentives. Don't be surprised if a non AC stripped down version is also offered.


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Is it just me who thinks that these buses are way too costly? I mean 2.5 crores is a lot of money. Can anyone tell me about the normal cost of manufacturing a bus? Also, the first thing that came into my mind after reading the news was, that we never realise how time changes, we were the ones who removed electric trams from the roads to make "way" for gasoline powered cars. Now, again we are the same humans to bring back electric vehicles on road.
2.5 Crores is surely a lot of money. The Volvo 9400 XL costs 88.85 lakhs ex-showroom for instance. (And I thought Volvos are expensive)

Unless the government offers incentives, bus operators might as well opt for something else. Additionally, maintenance costs are unchartered territory.

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