Hong Kong expands electric bus fleet

As reported by electrive.com, Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), the largest bus operator in Hong Kong, has put 16 BYD electric buses into service and has also ordered 52 electric double-decker buses from both BYD and ADL for delivery next year.

Hong Kong expands electric bus fleet
The new generation of single-deck electric buses will take the lead on Route 6 and the route will pass through busy roads such as Nathan Road.

The 16 buses have entered service after successfully completing testing and approval procedures to begin operating on the island.

These buses are not the first electric buses for KMB and the operator has been impressed by the improvements made to the newer model.

The new bus is four per cent lighter and has increased the passenger capacity to 81 passengers. Charging time has also been improved.

52 electric double-decker buses purchased recently are expected to arrive in Hong Kong in 2023.

By then, KMB will have more than 80 pure electric buses, taking an important step towards zero emission buses and the goal of adopting new energy buses across the board.

The 16 new-generation pure electric single-deck buses will take the lead on Route 6 Lai Chi Kok Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal from April 25. The route involves busy roads such as Nathan Road, providing citizens with zero-emission and quiet bus services.

The new generation of single-deck electric buses are equipped with KMB's latest bus specifications, including free 5G Wi-Fi Internet access and ventilation windows. 

In terms of safety facilities, all seats are equipped with seat belts and electronic stability systems.

The new generation of single-deck electric buses uses ‘Electric Green’ as the main body colour, representing the KMB team's entry into a new green era of electrification. Electric buses have introduced a battery management system and a water cooling system to monitor battery status and manage battery temperature more effectively, extending battery life and improving performance.

In order to demonstrate its determination to promote the development of green transportation and achieve zero carbon emissions, KMB has set a clear timetable and route map for the entire fleet to switch to new energy buses.

It is estimated that there will be 82 electric bus services in 2023 and, by 2025, this will increase to 500 electric buses, accounting for one-eighth of the current bus fleet. It is expected that the entire fleet will be upgraded to new energy buses by 2050.


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