Just the Facts - Joylong Electric Bus

Just the Facts: Joylong Electric Bus

In this video, Aaron Pitt from Just the Facts reviews the Joylong Electric Bus.

The fully electric Joylong is just shy of 6 meters long, comes in a 14 seat and twelve seat configuration, so you can drive the twelve seat with a standard driver’s license.

Safety wise, you get ABS, electronic brake force distribution and three point safety belts, all seats. The sidestep lowers electronically for easier passenger entry and exit. Twelve adults can sit in the back of the joylong comfortably.

But more importantly, the back of the Joylong comes fully air conditioned. Being 100% electric, it offers great levels of comfort, is extremely quick off the mark, and best of all, very quiet. And not to mention, it’s also great for the environment.

To find out more about the all new 100% electric Joylong 14 seater bus, or to test drive one for yourself, go to perthcityprestige.com.au.

Easy to drive

Joylong Electric E6 Commuter Bus

Truck journalist David Meredith runs his eye over the first all-electric commuter bus to hit the local market and examines its credentials.

New Tech – Familiar Shape

Up front – the Joylong E6 is NOT a limo. It’s a practical, robust people mover tasked to carry up to 14 people in reasonable, air-conditioned comfort, with the potential for major savings in running costs and of course, zero running emissions.

The earlier generation Toyota HiAce base is predictably functional, with familiar and clunky ergonomics for the driver and passenger, and vision that European vans have dramatically expanded on. But the passenger compartment is well fit-out and comfortable, with sufficient room for most Aussie frames.

I drove the Joylong recently on a combination of city and suburban roads, with plenty of traffic to exercise the bus’s agility and responsiveness. Most impressive was the cruise at freeway speeds. I only had a short stint on the Kwinana Freeway, and there was a stark difference from the market-leading HiAce, with no rumbling, diesel clatter or transmission hum. The rear-mounted motor was silent – none of the usual electric motor whining that is evident on most electric cars. I could happily do lots of kms in the Joylong and it was clear all the passengers could carry on conversations without raising their voices. Airconditioning fans were the only real noise intrusion. A vast improvement on a diesel or petrol people carrier.

For the driver, the noise reduction adds to comfort but highlights the older style instrument panel and controls. An umbrella handbrake echoes the past, and the dials lack the digital finesse of current dash display advances.

However, the gauge on the right-hand side of the instrument panel, although small is actually very useful. It only displays the amperage in or out as well as the battery charge level but is a far more practical driving tool than the video game displays on some other hybrids and electric vehicles that display as much pointless information as possible and seem to compete for complexity.

Driving electric vehicles draws you in to keeping an eye on power usage, probably because the information is always in your face. I found it useful to recognise the actual drain or charge under different braking conditions and power demands. The central information display has an option for calibrating the regeneration rate, and at 100% and under strong braking I saw 160amps input. At 50% regen the most I could put back in was around 70amps, but regen cuts out completely when you get down to 20km/h. Below that you’re dependent on the service brakes.

Maximum throttle drew 172amps. When stopped the system hummed along at 2amps, bumping up to 8amps when the aircon compressor cut in.

There’s just one quirk that may be unique to the test vehicle. This Joylong featured the turbo-lag you get when you don’t have a turbo! I counted to nearly one and a half seconds before any throttle application resulted in movement. Not a problem usually you might say, and easy to drive around. But when you let go the brake on a decent slope and hit the throttle, it rolls back nearly half a metre before the motor engages. I tried holding the brake on and applying throttle but it seems like the brake disables the throttle. I worked around it by keeping some throttle on when I came to a halt, then letting the brake go, at which point it accelerated immediately.

I reported this to the distributor and he was surprised, as he was assured by the factory that the bus has an automatic hill-hold feature built-in. However the dealer, Perth City Joylong in Victoria Park mentioned similar feedback from existing customers. Clearly some further research is needed there.

The Joylong E6 isn’t a high-performance van by any means. Even with full throttle, progress is sedate. On a steep hill it’s best at sub-50km/h speeds. The 60kW motor and 86.1kW/h battery, both liquid cooled, are not in any way highly stressed, so the prospects of a lengthy and reliable ownership experience seem promising.

Configured with 12 seats in the back there is plenty of room in Joylong’s 6-metre long commuter bus for a group of Aussie-sized adults. Industrial transport to work sites and the like would seem to be a great opportunity for a bus that has clear Toyota body engineering links and a driveline that is tailored to the task rather than cranked up for unnecessary high performance.

Operators in the commercial and industrial sector would do well to drive the Joylong before re-committing to replacing a diesel bus with another diesel.

The test truck was provided by Joylong Automobiles Australia, the national distributor of Joylong. David Meredith was commissioned by Joylong to provide an independent road test report of the E6 Commuter bus. David retired as the editor of The West Australian’s truck column in 2022. He has over 15 years’ experience driving trucks on highways and proving grounds around the world for all major manufacturers and has been published in all major Australian transport and trucking journals. His work has also been translated for popular driver publications in Europe. He continues to provide road test and WA transport issue stories for the national Big Rigs publication.

Joylong Electric Buses Now in Australia

Australian First – Electric Commuter Bus Nationwide Network

Australia’s first fully ADR compatible electric commuter bus is now represented across Australia by some of the biggest and most experienced bus specialist dealers in the country. Joylong’s electric commuter bus has drawn interest from key professionals in the national bus industry who recognise Joylong as an important stepping stone to an all-electric future.

The Joylong is the first to bring the latest EV technology, now commonly found in full-size buses to the huge small commuter sector.

Brisbane’s Bus Stop Sales is one of the largest bus dealers in Australia and claims a history going back over forty years. Importantly, the company not only sells buses but has a well-established reputation as a bus body builder. Its experience in the nitty-gritty of bus design and engineering speaks volumes about the quality of the Joylong build and expected driveline reliability.

Bus Stop Sales will not only be the primary dealer in Queensland from its Rocklea base, but will also sell and support the Joylong in Victoria through its operation in Legacy Road Epping.

The company made the decision to include Joylong in its portfolio of products due to the quality of fit and finish and an outstanding driving experience.

The huge New South Wales bus market is being addressed by the renowned Campbell brothers, Ian and Bruce, who have over 50 years experience in the Australian bus industry including de- signing, importing, building, distribution and sales. The Campbells will market the Joylong com- muter bus in NSW and the ACT.

The recommended retail price is $87,453. and depending which state the vehicle is purchased the drive away price will be close to $90,000. Each state has different rates of stamp duty and road registration fees and some states have concessions for Electric vehicles.

The price compares favourably with current diesel bus prices and combined with the dramatic reduction in running costs will ensure operators can maximise their produc- tivity with an early move into an electric future.

E6 Electric Commuter Bus

E6 Bus Arrives in Australia

First Series Production Electric Commuter Bus Ready For Sale Immediately

A new 14-Seat commuter bus has just arrived in Australia, and unlike the rest of the crowd, it’s fully electric. Global Auto Distributors has landed first shipments of the Joylong E6 bus in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and they are ready for retail sale immediately.

Featuring a profile that is well-known locally, the new bus is far more than a concept vehicle brought to Australia for testing and evaluation. The Joylong E6 is already well-proven in Asian markets with an outstanding level of reliability and functionality.

The 60kW liquid-cooled electric motor generates a peak torque of 382Nm and drives through the rear wheels. The 86.1 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery is also liquid cooled and is recharged through a 22kW OBC Euro type socket. A 22kW AC on-board charger connects to a 20a or 32a three-phase circuit and allows charging times that reflect optimal city and suburban operating ranges.

From empty to full the E6 battery will top-up in five hours using a 20amp circuit. A 32amp circuit will complete the job in 3.9 hours. More practically, you can charge the E6 from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in just 2.3 hours on a 32amp circuit.

The 14-seats are arranged with Australian frames in mind and the independent front and rear air conditioning features a double rear top evaporator for maximum cooling in our hottest weather. Each of the passenger seats are fitted with adjustable back rests, are finished in fabric and each include three-point safety belts.

Driver and front passenger are protected with individual airbags, and the driver will enjoy comfort and connectivity features equal to many passenger cars. A rear reverse radar is included for those tight parking spots in and around the city.

Operators will welcome the huge reduction in servicing expense and down-time as ongoing maintenance is limited to coolant checks, tyre rotations and checking pads on the all-wheel disc brakes.

Global Distributors welcome your enquiry about its new commuter bus, set to make its mark not only in Perth, but in some of the most hostile environments WA can offer.

Call Global Automotive Distributors on 0474 795 461 or 0484 386 544 for further information or email frank@globalautomotivedistributors.com.au

Who Are Global Automotive Distributors?

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) and the Joylong E6 Electric Bus.

In May 2018, GAD brought into Australia (Perth, WA) the Joylong E6 14seat electric bus.  Our manufacturer partner, Joylong has delivered over 14,000 various units to 59 countries throughout the world in the last five (5) years.

GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) has carried out testing of the E6 electric bus extensively over all types of road conditions including severe testing on our harsh road conditions. GAD wanted to be sure that our product would stand up to the testing that has been carried out and must say GAD has been very impressed with the durability of the E6 electric bus.

GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) are the first “Western” country Joylong have dealt with and GAD has formed a very solid relationship with Joylong due to our expertise with vehicles in the Australian market. Global Automotive Distributors have successfully over the last two years in conjunction with the manufacturer obtained Australian Design Rule (ADR) Approval which enables us to import and retail the vehicles.

GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) have the importation rights, through a Distributorship agreement, for Australia and New Zealand for a range of Joylong Electric light commercial vehicles.

The quality and fit and finish of this bus far exceeds previous entries from Chinese manufacturers into Australia. People in the industry have placed orders for vehicles with the intention of taking more.

GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) have appointed dealers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and are due to receive their stock in early 2020.

There are three more models, vans, which we are now working on for Australian Design Rule certification and this is expected to be achieved in 2020.

Together, Joylong and GAD (Global Automotive Distributors) are committed to building a quieter and cleaner environment for future generations.

The Joylong E6 Electric Bus