Published on 13.12.2014
Since the fall of 2014 King County Metro Transit, the Seattle bus operator, has been testing the first battery trolley buses of the type Xcelsior XT40 on its routes. As the buses are equipped with traction batteries, they can drive up to about 3-5 miles without overhead contact lines and bypass obstacles easily.
Published on 12.12.2014
Israeli defence company Elbit Systems, which will exhibit at the forthcoming Fuel choices Summit in Tel Aviv, is developing an electric bus charging system that would allow vehicles to boost their batteries at terminal stations. There, the buses would connect to supercapacitors that charge the buses quickly so that they can operate for precisely calculated distances, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Published on 11.12.2014
Transport for London (TfL), Arriva and UK bus manufacturer Optare have introduced the latest electric buses to the capital’s fleet. The two Optare MetroCity buses are now in service in Croydon on a route used by around 4,700 passengers a day. The buses are the latest addition to Europe’s greenest bus fleet and will increase TfL’s experience and understanding of this relatively new technology. The buses have zero tail pipe emissions at point of use, resulting in lower overall carbon emissions.
Published on 08.12.2014
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently revealed information regarding the progress of policies aimed at boosting new energy vehicles. According to the data, which was cited in a report appearing in China Business News, a total of 38,600 new energy vehicles were sold in 39 test cities from last January 2014 to this September, with 20,500 of those sold this year alone. As of this October, there are a total of 65 Chinese cities that have been designated as testing points for boosting new energy vehicle sales.
Published on 07.12.2014
Despite the fact that new energy vehicles sales in the country are growing, BYD still posted a 390 million RMB ($63.65m) deficit for the first three quarters of this year, the Beijing Morning Post reported. According to its financial report, the Chinese electric car and bus manufacturer earned a total of 40.41 billion RMB ($6.59b) in revenues over the first three quarters of the year, representing 4.4 percent year-on-year growth. However, the manufacturer still suffered a net deficit of 390 million RMB ($63.65m) after deducting nonrecurring interests.