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HONG KONG: BYD announces solutions for electrifying public transport with plans to replace diesel buses and LPG taxis – Electric Light & Power

BYD has announced solutions for electrifying Hong Kong City’s public transport with plans to replace diesel buses and LPG taxis. Experts anticipate that this will reduce Hong Kong’s vehicle emissions nearly 56%. BYD concurrently unveiled its plan to introduce e6 pure electric taxis in the region in May. Chuan-fu Wang, chairman and president of BYD company, remarked, “Hong Kong has been dedicated to promoting green transport for quite some time – electrifying public transportation will not only significantly save costs, but it will also dramatically lower the city vehicle emissions and improve air quality, creating a tremendous social impact.”
The first fleet of 45, BYD e6 pure electric taxis are scheduled for launch in Hong Kong in May. Meanwhile, BYD and multiple partners have already built and tested three charging stations in Oi Man Estate, Shek Wai Kok Estate and Wong Tai Sin.
The second batch of charging stations is expected to be set up before May with the expectation that each taxi will be complemented by a charging appliance. BYD is also collaborating with local industry partners to pursue further developments in electrified public transport for Hong Kong (including BYD 40-foot electric buses).
BYD estimates that emissions from a taxi are equivalent to the sum of those from 14 private cars, while emissions from a single-deck bus are equivalent to those from 33 private cars and emissions from a double-decker bus are equivalent to those from 57 private cars. The total emissions of the 18,133 taxis, 7,150 single-deck buses and 5,564 double-decker buses in Hong Kong are therefore equivalent to the sum of those from over 800,000 private cars. Of the total emissions from the 650,000 vehicles on Hong Kong’s roads, about 56% comes from single-deck buses, double-decker buses and taxis combined. Hence, eliminating all emissions from these fossil fuelled vehicles would represent a corresponding 56% reduction in the total emissions from all vehicles.
Public transport is one of the major sources of air pollution in cities. Replacing the 18,000 LPG taxis and 12,000 diesel buses with electric taxis and buses would mean a reduction in emissions equivalent to over 800,000 private cars, a leap towards an ultimate target: low-city-noise, zero emissions and zero pollution. Electrified public transport is one of the most important ways to reduce vehicle emissions and improve roadside air pollution. In addition, given the difference in price between fossil fuels and electricity, electric transport can also help the transport industry save costs. For instance, each BYD e6 pure electric taxi is capable of saving approx. HKD110,000 (US$14,167) annually in operating costs.
BYD’s pure electric vehicles use an Iron-Phosphate (or Fe) battery, which touts industry-leading safety qualifications and superior life. The battery maintains high-performance capabilities over long periods of use and can stably withstand extreme conditions. Taking the e6 pure electric vehicle as an example, after 4,000 charging cycles, the capacity of the battery remains still remains at above 75% of its original capacity, and the total mileage can reach over 1 million km. The BYD e6 can completely fulfil the usage requirements of taxis and private cars. Apart from this, the e6 pure electric vehicle has passed all safety testing to international standards, and the K9 pure electric bus has received the EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) and US FMVSS safety certification.
More http://www.elp.com/news/2013/03/26/hong-kong-byd-announces-solutions-for-electrifying-public-transport-with-plans-to-replace-diesel-bus.html

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