Ahmedabad, India (Urban Transport News): The leading electric bus manufacture JBM Group on May 28, 2021, handed over 50 JBM Eco-Life to Ahmedabad BRTS at the Vastral Depot. The handover, done virtually with the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with the Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja present at the launch ceremony at the Depot.
This is the first batch of 50 buses out of a total of 180 buses that JBM Auto will be supplying to Ahmedabad city. The bus service has been rolled out under the BRTS scheme by Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd, a subsidiary of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
JBM official said that the Eco-Life Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) will save around 1,000 equivalent tons of carbon dioxide and 350,000 liters of diesel over 10 years of operation. Powered by fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, it has a travel range of up to 250km on a single charge, depending on the city’s traffic conditions.
JBM Auto has commissioned a state-of-the-art end-to-end e-mobility ecosystem at the Vastral depot which includes the buses, charging infrastructure, power infrastructure and maintenance as a complete solution. The company has installed a fast-charging station that will facilitate seamless bus operation across the city. JBM has also provisioned high-tech power infrastructure and energy management systems for efficient monitoring and control.
"JBM is determined to create a state-of-the-art e-mobility ecosystem across the country. The launch of electric buses in Ahmedabad is in line with our vision to provide green and sustainable transport solutions. Our buses are successfully serving the masses in many other states as well, such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar and Karnataka. JBM Auto Ltd. has been the pioneer in providing the complete e-mobility ecosystem right from electric vehicles, charging infra, power infra to maintenance and support, thereby, providing optimum value for the customers," said Nishant Arya, Vice-Chairman, JBM Group.
The Eco-Life buses are equipped with Real-Time Passenger Information System (PIS), Panic Buttons for an emergency, Automatic Bus Vehicle Location System, CCTV cameras, public address system, and Stop request buttons.