Shenzhen starts first electric bus route
2012-September-25 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Shenzhen'S transport commission started the city's first electric bus route Sunday, marking an environmental milestone for the city and celebrating World Car-Free Day, which was Saturday.

The north-south route from Xili to Shekou, Route 226, runs for 28.5 kilometers and will operate from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Charging stations have been built at terminals at both ends of the route. About 60 buses will be on the route by the end of the year. An electric bus can travel about 200 kilometers on a full charge, potentially cutting operation costs by 50 percent compared to diesel-powered buses.

"The acceleration of electric buses is faster than that of regular buses and there is not so much noise or vibration during their operation," a bus driver surnamed Dong said.

Pingshan New Area joined the environmental effort, putting 15 electric buses on route M297 on Sunday. It's the new area's first electric bus route and marks another step in Pingshan's stated goal of becoming a model of low-carbon, sustainable development.

Shenzhen has 2,350 new energy buses in its public transportation fleet, including 280 electric buses. The new energy buses helped save 19,803 tons of fuel, cut carbon emissions by 60,889 tons and cut fuel costs by 160 million yuan (US$25.2 million) a year.

The city plans to expand its electric-vehicle fleet to 1,000 electric buses and 500 electric taxis by the end of this year.

The city's five-year transportation plan includes the use of 7,000 new energy buses and 3,000 electric taxis — accounting for 50 percent of the city's total vehicle fleet — by the end of 2015.

Editor: Olivia
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