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Electric Buses Set to Dominate Global Public Transport Scenario

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Alarming air pollution and increasing environmental concerns throughout major cities in China has forced the Chinese government to take prompt steps to curtail carbon emission levels. The Chinese government is highly supportive of elevated uptake of electric buses, which has substantially contributed to the growth of the global electric buses market. Electric buses are broadly regarded as a solution that will help China reduce pollution and road congestion.

What Factors will Increase Demand for Electric Buses in China?

Electric bus sales in mainland China rose exponentially in the first ten months of 2014. The projected technological roadmap of the China electric bus market shows accelerated innovation in the next decade, which will embolden authorities in cities such as Tianjin, Hebei, and Beijing to push bus operators to endorse pollution-free modes of public transport.

Chinese pure electric buses show a high amount of technological sophistication. The Chinese were the first to replace lithium-ion batteries with the highly reliable and durable supercapacitors found in hybrid buses, which enabled the market to post robust sales figures. Supercapacitors also present benefits such as better safety and higher performance of the vehicles. Foreign bus manufacturers have invented many other technical improvements, such as inverters and rapid inductive charging, but at higher costs. These factors will augment the need for pure electric buses in China.

What are the Major Drawbacks still Faced by the China Market for Pure Electric Buses?

Many electric buses developed in China require the batteries to be changed in just two years, incurring a significant expense. Moreover, some of the technology pioneered in the West as well as Japan doesn’t favor the Chinese market very strongly, since it can’t be easily incorporated into the existing technological framework of the China market. These include battery technology or energy harvesting technology in the form of energy-harvesting shock absorbers, lithium-ion capacitors, GaN or SiC inverters, flexible photovoltaics, lithium-metal batteries, swift inductive charging, supercapacitor bodywork, continuous pickup, and other structural electronics. However, the Chinese market is booming owing to the best of buses having pure electric powertrains based totally on supercapacitors, in-wheel motors, and battery swapping, as well as infrastructural support such as gantry charging done at bus stops.

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Major Electric Bus Launches in China

In 2014, the electric bus giant BYD introduced the Lancaster eBus in China. This bus was a 60-foot, innovatively enclosed battery-electric bus that could drive over 170 miles on a full charge, and carry about 120 passengers. Another key manufacturer, Ankai, initiated its fifth-generation electric bus in the dominant cities of China. A contract was signed by Ankai and Beijing Public Transportation Group in order to supply pure electric buses developed by the former to the public transport system of Beijing. Additionally, the JAC Automobile Group has collaborated with Kunming Municipal Government to promote new hybrid buses in Kunming.

All in all, greener pure electric buses are progressively being adopted by numerous nations globally, due to their superiority over conventional buses in the matters of environmental and maintenance costs. Analysts have predicted that by 2025, more than 25,000 electric buses will have been incorporated into public transport systems globally.