Changsha unveiled a plan on new energy buses
“All-electric bus drivers charge electricity at the station in one to three hours that can sustain 200km.” Yin Guoyong said [Photo by Yu Shaojie]
In recent years, the promotion of new energy buses in Changsha has greatly reduced air pollution. According to Transport of Changsha Municipality, all newly added or replaced buses in Changsha each year are required to be new energy buses. By the end of 2020, new energy buses will account for 100%, of which all-electric battery buses accounting for 50%.
Changsha has phased out all yellow-labeled buses
On the morning of May 22, journalists went to BYD Auto electric charging station located in Yuhua District, where the most environmental-friendly all-electric buses can get charged. “All electric battery buses can realize zero emission of exhaust after being powered by charging piles instead of gasoline consumption.” said Lei Yihua, Director of Transportation Department of Transport of Changsha Municipality. New energy buses can be divided into two types: electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles and all-electric battery vehicles. By the end of 2016, there are 6287 buses in Changsha, including 726 gasoline buses, 481 fuel gas buses, 3894 electric-gasoline hybrid buses, and 1186 all-electric buses.
“Changsha has phased out all yellow-labeled buses. All diesel powered buses will be replaced by all electric battery buses in the next two years.” Lei Yihua said. Statistics show that a diesel-powered bus consumes fuel 35 L per 100 km, with carbon dioxide emissions of about 92.05kg while an electric-gasoline hybrid bus is only one third of that fuel consumption. An all-electric bus boasts zero emission. Compared with gasoline buses, nearly 17,000 tons of carbon dioxides can be reduced with all-electric buses annually.
903 charging piles have been put into operation
Subsequently, journalists got on a No. 141 all-electric bus. Driver Yin Guoyong said all-electric buses are more comfortable than gasoline buses and diesel buses. On the bus, passengers feel little noise and enjoy smooth riding experience. The journalist put a cup of water on the ground of bus. The cup of water maintained still without side leakage.
“People got tired of stepping on the clutch and putting into gear with diesel-powered buses, while automatic all-electric buses give a more relaxing and better driving experience,” said Yin. They charged their buses at the station each day. Two hours of charging can sustain 200 km. By the end of 2016, the operation of 903 charging piles in Changsha had been put into use and had satisfied the need for new energy buses.
By Yang Rong
Source: Changsha Evening News