From: Yale Environment 360
Published January 3, 2018 02:09 PM

A Chinese Megacity Bus Fleet Goes Fully Electric

The Chinese megacity of Shenzhen has successfully switched 100 percent of its 16,359-vehicle bus fleet to electric vehicles, reaching its goal just six years after it vowed to move away from diesel engines, according to reporting by CleanTechnica and other news outlets. The fleet — which has three times as many buses as New York City — serves a population of 12 million. The switch is expected to save the equivalent of 345,000 tons of diesel fuel and cut 1.35 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

To aid in the transition, Shenzhen, located in southeastern China, installed more than 300 bus chargers around the city that can recharge a bus’s battery in 2 hours. It also installed 8,000 streetlights that double as charging stations for both buses and cars. The switch was completed on December 27.

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Image: New electric buses waiting to be deployed in Shenzhen. (Credit: BYD)

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