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HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s first battery-powered public bus took to the streets as part of a drive against the city’s choking pollution.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying has pledged to make pollution one of his top priorities during his five-year term, with an official report saying it was the “greatest daily health risk” to the city’s residents.
The new single decker bus revealed yesterday was manufactured by Chinese automaker BYD and is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries that take three hours to charge and give the vehicle a range of about 180km.
The same company produced the southern Chinese city’s first electric taxis, which were launched in May.
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-shing said the government was investing HK$180mil (RM76.4mil) in the scheme over the next year, helping to subsidise the purchase of 36 electric buses that will be run by private companies.
“The long-term goal is towards zero emissions along the roadside,” he told a press conference, without giving a timeframe for the expansion of the pilot scheme.
Kowloon Motor Bus, the largest operator involved in the trial scheme, said it would take time if it was going to transform its fleet of 3,800 buses, with each battery-run vehicle costing about HK$5mil (RM2.1mil). — AFP
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