All 16,000 of this Chinese megacity’s bus fleet will be electric by year’s end

December 18, 2017 by  
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Shenzhen , China – home to more than 11 million people – rolled out a pilot of electric buses all the way back in 2011. Despite being ahead of the electric curve, they had thousands of buses running on diesel until recently. But that will change by the end of 2017, when the megacity’s entire fleet of buses will be electrictrified . Shenzhen’s fleet includes 16,000 buses. They’re going completely electric – and will be the first city in the world to attain that goal, according to Fast Company . They had to install a network of thousands of charging stations and ports, and figure out how to handle the expense of replacing all those diesel buses. Related: Shenzhen, China Launches the World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet Fast Company pointed out the scale of the transition makes it all the more remarkable. Shenzhen has more buses than the United States’ top five bus fleets combined: in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, and King County, Washington, where Seattle is located. The local and national governments played a role in the transition; both offered subsidies to bring the cost of electric buses in line with traditional ones. Falling lithium-ion battery costs have also helped. The buses are cheaper to operate and maintain than diesel-powered ones. Shenzhen-based automobile manufacturer BYD produced 80 percent of the new buses in the megacity. The company sells its cars in 50 countries, and even surpassed Tesla in 2016 as the biggest electric vehicle manufacturer in the world. The electric buses are one component of an effort to clean up the megacity’s air. Around 10 years ago, Shenzhen spent around half the days in a year covered in smog. That figure fell to 27 days in 2016. The electricity to power the buses isn’t completely clean yet; some comes from coal. Even so the buses are anticipated to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 48 percent compared against diesel ones. Shenzhen also aims to have all of its taxis be electric by 2020. Via Fast Company Images via BYD Company Ltd. on YouTube and Wikimedia Commons

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Tesla announces plans for world domination: includes trucks, buses and solar power

July 21, 2016 by  
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This week the world noticed that Tesla officially dropped the “Motors” portion of its name, but we had no idea why. Now we may have a reason – Tesla has just unveiled its new master plan, which will see the automaker branch out from just producing electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla will soon start building heavy-duty trucks and buses, which will be unveiled as early as next year. In the ” Master Plan Part Deux “, as Elon Musk described it on his website, he also outlines his plan for combining battery technology with solar infrastructure to move the world away from unsustainable fossil fuels. 10 years ago, Elon Musk revealed his master plan for Tesla , which involved first creating a pricey low volume car, the Roadster, which would be followed by a cheaper medium volume car at a lower price, the Model S, ending with an affordable, high volume car, the upcoming Model 3. 10 years ago Tesla even had ambitions to enter the solar power segment, which was solved recently when Tesla announced plans to buy SolarCity . Now Elon Musk has revealed its second master plan in an article on the Tesla blog . Related: Elon Musk aims to build clean energy giant with Tesla’s $2.8 billion bid for SolarCity The new plan sees the expansion of Tesla’s current models, more expansion into the solar segment and even producing heavy-duty trucks, and buses fit for public transit. With the upcoming arrival of the Model 3 , which will be followed by a compact SUV and even an electric pickup, Tesla feels that it will have an electric vehicle in every consumer segment that it needs. Tesla has no plans to build anything cheaper than the Model 3 and instead plans to focus its efforts on a completely different segment as it seeks to promote a sustainable future that is not reliant on fossil fuels. By next year Tesla plans to reveal its first heavy-duty truck and even a high-passenger bus. Tesla says that both vehicles are in the early development stages, but the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety. The Tesla bus will be able to hold more passengers than today’s buses, by eliminating the center aisle and putting seats where there are currently entryways. The bus will also be fully autonomous , which will be able to match the acceleration and braking of other vehicles, thus avoiding the inertial impedance to smooth traffic flow of traditional heavy buses. Elon Musk also details his company’s plans to improve autonomous driving technology to allow for car sharing on a large scale. Here’s how he sums it up in the detailed blog post announcement: So, in short, Master Plan, Part Deux is: Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it You can read more about Tesla’s plans here > + Tesla All images @ Tesla

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Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

January 15, 2015 by  
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  Thanks to Google , residents of its hometown of Mountain View, California can now get around the city on electric shuttles—for free. Google provided funding and teamed up with Motiv Power Systems to add four new electric shuttle buses to the city’s fleet, which will help move people around the city more effectively. The buses are part of a two-year pilot program aimed at moving residents and visitors through the city in a way that reduces drive-alone traffic, while helping residents get around more effectively via a loop route. Read the rest of Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery pack , California , electric bus , electric motor , Google , Google electric shuttle , Google shuttle , green bus , green car , green transportation , Motiv Power Systems , mountain view

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Volvo Unveils New Noiseless Electric Buses for Gothenburg, Sweden

June 18, 2013 by  
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Volvo just unveiled a new line of silent electric buses that will hit the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. The buses are part of a new service initiative called ElectriCity, which is being launched in cooperation with the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park, and Johanneberg Science Park. Read the rest of Volvo Unveils New Noiseless Electric Buses for Gothenburg, Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bus , electric public transportation , Electricity , green bus , green transportation , public transportation , volvo , Volvo bus , Volvo electric bus        

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Bus Roots: Green Roofed Bus is a Garden That Goes

October 5, 2010 by  
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Fans of the WHO Farm Project and other crazy green bus projects will enjoy Bus Roots , a green roof system designed for buses by Marco Castro Cosio. Ethereally speaking, it grounds the urban, metallic inflexible atmosphere of modern transport with the essence of nature. Logically speaking: it’s a green roof for a bus

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