Auto Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Amar Sharma
Updated Tue, 28 Dec 2021 05:19 PM IST
In Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru, passengers will now be able to enjoy rides in electric buses.
Electric bus service flagged off by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai from Vidhana Soudha
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In Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru, passengers will now be able to enjoy rides in electric buses. State Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai flagged off the first batch of electric buses in the city on Monday. Developed by JBM Auto, these buses will run under the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).
JBM Auto has delivered the first batch of 40 electric buses to BMTC. Out of which 25 such electric buses were flagged off on Monday. The company said that 50 more electric buses will be delivered in the coming months. The company had earlier committed to supply 90 electric buses to BMTC.
90 buses to be delivered
JBM said in a statement, “JBM ECO-LIFE (JBM ECO-LIFE) electric buses will run under the Metro feeder services in Smart City initiative. Earlier this year, JBM Auto was awarded 90 non-AC electric buses for the city of Bengaluru. The order was received.” It said that this e-bus service marks the first rollout of electric buses in the state of Karnataka. These buses will be operated from Kengeri, Yesvantpur and KR Puram bus depots.
range and speed
Developed by JBM Auto, these non-AC buses have a seating capacity of 33 passengers and one driver. This electric bus can cover a distance of 120 km on a single full charge with a maximum speed of 70 kmph. JBM said these buses are equipped with six Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC) battery packs.
Electric buses are loaded with many features like Real Time Passenger Information System (PIS), Panic Button for emergency, Automatic Bus Vehicle Location System, CCTV Camera, Public Address System, Stop Request Button.
operates in many parts of the country
JBM’s ECO-Life electric buses have also been deployed in service in other parts of the country. For example, they are used in Navi Mumbai under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Corporation (NNMT). A total of 30 ECO-LIFE buses are part of NNMT. Earlier this year, JBM has supplied 105 electric buses to Ahmedabad and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.