CM Patnaik Flags off JBM Electric Buses in Odisha

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During the launch of the ‘Mo Bus’ service in Sambalpur and Berhampur cities, CM Patnaik flagged off the initial 15 JBM electric buses in Odisha.

JBM, a well-known electric bus manufacturer in India, has successfully delivered its first batch of JBM Ecolife buses to Odisha.

This marks the company’s entry into the eastern region of the country.

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, flagged off the first batch of 15 JBM Ecolife buses in Berhampur on March 9, 2024, during the official launch of the ‘Mo Bus‘ service in Sambalpur and Berhampur cities.

The newly launched JBM Ecolife Mo Buses will ply on the following designated routes:

  • Sambalpur: Sambalpur to Hirakud via Burla
  • Berhampur: MKCG Medical College to Berhampur University via Railway Station

These buses will offer the MoBus Card “Tap and Pay” facility, which supports payments in both cash and digital modes.

These JBM electric buses in Odisha are part of a larger order of 200 buses secured by JBM from CRUT for their Mo Bus Service in December 2023.

About the Order

The decision to procure 200 new electric buses, aimed at bolstering urban mobility in the Capital Region of Bhubaneswar, was approved by the Odisha state Cabinet in late December 2023.

The initiative encompasses the cities of Berhampur, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, and Cuttack.

JBM Ecolife Mobility Private Limited was selected for the procurement, operation, and maintenance of 200 AC fully built electric buses and associated electrical and civil infrastructure.

This initiative, undertaken on a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) model basis for ten years, involves a project cost of Rs 933,26,40,000, with a rate of Rs 64.81 per kilometer.

JBM Ecolife 9 Electric Bus

The newly launched 9-meter JBM Ecolife electric buses boast advanced technology, safety features, efficiency, and comfort while being 100% eco-friendly.

Powered by fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, these buses come equipped with modern amenities like Real-Time Passenger Information System (PIS), Panic Buttons, Vehicle Location & Tracking System, CCTV cameras, public address system, stop request buttons, and Fire Detection & Suppression System.

Designed with an ergonomically friendly dashboard to minimize distractions for drivers, these buses are expected to cover over 200 km per day.

Over 10 years, each bus is estimated to reduce around 1,000 equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and save 420,000 liters of diesel.

Nishant Arya, Vice-Chairman & MD of JBM Group, expressed gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to serve the people of Odisha.

He emphasized the buses’ technological advancements, safety, efficiency, and environmental benefits, underscoring JBM’s commitment to ensuring smooth operations by establishing charging and maintenance infrastructure for these electric buses.

This is an important occasion for us as

“This is an important occasion for us as we deliver our first JBM Electric Buses in Odisha. As we enter the Eastern market, we are thankful to the state government for giving us the opportunity to serve the state and its people. We are committed to ensuring smooth operations and hence have set up appropriate infrastructure for charging and maintenance of these electric buses.”
Nishant Arya, Vice-Chairman & MD of JBM Group

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