Just days after the Mayor of London announced that all of the city’s new buses will be electric, Spanish company Beulas has announced the all-electric Jewel E.
What’s more, the Jewel E is set to be built at a new manufacturing plant in Britain – making it a serious shoo-in for adoption by Transport for London.
The Jewel E will apparently be able to manage 250 miles of range from its huge 543 kWh battery. That gives the Jewel E the tenous title of having the largest battery for any single-axle, double-decker bus.
“Featuring our cutting-edge ZED powertrain [the Jewel E] has up to 250 miles electric range, yet is cost-effective too,” says Ian Foley MD of Equipmake, the company behind the bus’ internal gubbins.
“Set to be built at an all-new manufacturing facility near to our home in Snetterton, Norfolk, it will bring new jobs to the local area and has the potential to play a crucial role in supporting the Government’s commitment to introduce 4,000 EV buses in the coming three years.
“What’s more, it’s also the first EV bus to meet TfL’s tough 2024 regulations too. And with demand increasing globally for electric buses, we believe it provides the right solution both nationally and internationally.”
Spanish coachbuilder Beulas, meanwhile, took care of the styling and the interior of the Jewel E.
“We are delighted to be working with Equipmake on this innovative project. Its Zero Emission Drivetrain is state-of-the-art, offering exceptional efficiency yet is cost-effective too,” says Dolors Beulas, the company’s eponymous MD.
“Beulas is a leader in passenger transportation in Europe, and with Jewel E, we are further consolidating our position, launching a cutting edge zero-emission bus that has huge potential to improve urban air quality.”
Testing of Jewel E begins in Q4 2021 with in-service trials expected to take place in Q1 2022. Manufacture and sales of Jewel E will begin in 2022.