Final tests are being conducted on Hong Kong’s first locally-developed electric bus, which the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) says may hit the roads early next year.
The HK$40 million research and development project was funded by the government, with sponsorship from a private firm, Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle Ltd. The first bus to be manufactured was unveiled to the media on Monday.
Ahead of final road tests to be conducted in the city over the next month, HKPC chairman Stanley Lau said the development of the new green vehicle marks a new milestone in the green transport technology in Hong Kong.
Lau said all the core technologies were designed by local experts, and he expects local companies will be able to tap the emerging green public transit market with the new bus. However, the vehicles will be manufactured in the mainland.
The experience gained by the Council from developing these technologies, Lau added, will “benefit the future development of other large-scale commercial electric vehicles, and hasten the growth of the local EV industry.”
Lau said the bus – which can travel up to 380 kilometres on a single charge – is designed to suit Hong Kong’s unique traffic conditions. Made from an aluminium alloy, the bus is light, and can communicate remotely with bus companies for better vehicle maintenance.
The general manager of the HKPC’s Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre (APAS), Lawrence Cheung, said “we are very confident that this bus will eventually find its market in Hong Kong,” but added that more electric vehicle charging points need to be installed throughout the territory before electric vehicles can be widely adopted.
Last updated: 2015-10-26 HKT 18:48