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City of Hangzhou orders 2,000 BYD electric buses and 1,000 electric taxis

9 May 2014

BYD Company Ltd. has received a record-setting order for their new energy vehicles from the City of Hangzhou, which is situated in east China along the Qiantang River. The order for 2,000 long-range, battery-electric transit buses and 1,000 long-range, pure-electric cars was signed this week by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang, and is one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets yet ordered.

In response to China’s deteriorating air quality and ecological environment, Hangzhou’s Leadership has taken a serious stance on combatting the issues by adopting zero-tailpipe-emissions public transportation—i.e., electric buses and taxis.

Hangzhou is home to Alibaba, another high-tech Chinese company.

Today the electric vehicle market is growing and EV technologies have matured to the point where every city transit should be adopting them. The turning point of new energy is now, and we want to see BYD grow the same way we saw Jack Ma’s Alibaba grow years ago.

—Secretary Gong Zheng of Hangzhou’s Municipal Committee

BYD will be making special arrangements to deliver the first 1,000 buses and 500 eTaxis by the end of 2014.

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An order for 2,000 electric buses from a single large cities means that they have moved from a trial basis on to standard buses.
There total bus fleet is likely of the order of 10,000 buses, judging by London figures, so this will mean that you have a good chance that any bus you happen to catch will be electric there.

Its difficult not to agree with this purchase order.

BYD seems to be the right place to go to get quick delivery of proven e-buses and e-taxis. Delivering 1,000 e-buses + 500 e-taxis by the end of the current year is something that only BYD can do.

We expect our first few locally built e-buses in 2015-2016 and the next 1800 over the following 10 to 12 years. The introduction of 5,000+ private e-taxis is another ball game. Tough regulations or high subsidies may be required.

This may not be so good for China in the short term.  Too many of their electric plants burn coal and have completely inadequate pollution controls.  ICE vehicles may actually yield better local air quality than EVs.

The ICE pollution is definitely produced in the cities. Don't know where the average coal plant is located but they may be out of the cities.

@ Engineer-Poet,

Replace of ICE with EVs with give impetus to the commissioning of renewable energy power plants. It is already growing at a faster rate anyway in China also.

"Renewable" plants don't help much if they can't charge the EV batteries when they need to be charged.  China is also building nuclear power like crazy; they just signed for another 8 AP1000's.  China is going from approval to flipping the switch in about 5 years.

China has built 100,000+ Km of very high speed e-rail lines in the last few years (that's more than the rest of the world) and will probably to the equivalent with 100,000+ city e-buses and 100,000+ e-taxis in the very near future (that will also probably be more than the rest of the world).

China is already the country with the fastest growing number of NPPs, Hydro, Solar and Wind power plants. If the current rate is maintained for another 10+ years, China may have one of the cleanest e-power generation system by 2030 or so..

We recently rode the first electric BYD bus Stanford bought and it is amazing. I'd like to get Bay Area transit companies to test them too. Please help your local transit get electrified, too.

It's really neat BYD has so much solar on their Lancaster, near LA, factory. They sold a few to also solar and nearby Antelope Valley transit.

Lancaster is a ways from LA.  I believe it began as a bedroom community for Edwards AFB.

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