POSTED: Friday May 29th 2015

Beijing 2022 electric buses hop on growing wave of sustainable transport in Beijing

A Beijing 2022 electric bus stops in front of the city’s Qianmen gate (c)Beijing 2022
A Beijing 2022 electric bus stops in front of the city’s Qianmen gate (c)Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022 e-buses play a small but symbolic role (c)Beijing 2022
Beijing 2022 e-buses play a small but symbolic role (c)Beijing 2022

Beijing, May 29 - Key members of Beijing Public Transportation Group, the organisation in charge of managing the city's public transport system, unveiled today in Beijing's historic Qianmen district a special group of five 18-meter-long Beijing 2022 electric buses. Containing batteries that only require 10 minutes to be recharged, these buses showcase Beijing 2022's commitment to sustainability including through the provision of clean and green transportation across the city to both local residents and international visitors.

These five special Beijing 2022 buses are modeled after twenty-one completely electric-run retro tourist buses - with little noise, zero emissions, and a low cost to maintain and operate. With a seating capacity of 40 per unit and including such modern features as USB plugs for charging cell phones and a photo booth in the back, these electric buses run along a twenty-one stop route within Beijing's historic central district, representing only a small fraction of the approximately 1,272 electric buses in Beijing serviced by 10 battery charging stations across the city.

A number that will only keep on increasing as back in December 2013, the Beijing Commission of Transport announced that, in an attempt to reduce vehicle emissions and ease pollution on the long-term, the city will replace 80% of its buses with new-energy and clean-fuel vehicles by the end of 2017 - a total of 13,825 buses, including 4,058 electrically powered and 7,185 running on natural gas.

According to Liu Xing, Vice President of Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Co., Ltd, who helped design and distribute the buses, these green vehicles symbolize a perfect synthesis of Beijing's past and future: "These buses have a retro design, being modeled after the trolleys used in the early 20th century; at the same time, they are an integral part of the bright, clean future of sustainable transportation in both Beijing and China. Beijing 2022's commitment to sustainability will play a crucial role towards advocating the future of clean and green transportation in this city, and I could not be more optimistic at this time."

Last week, the Beijing Municipal Government's Environmental Protection Bureau announced that the average density of PM2.5 in Beijing dropped 19 percent in the first four months of 2015 compared with the same period last year. According to statistics compiled by the Bureau, the average densities of PM10, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide also decreased by 12.3 percent, 43.1 percent and 13.7 percent respectively. The city has also seen 57 days of "fine" or "good" air quality, eight days more than the same period last year.

Environmental authorities have taken the aforementioned statistics as signs that the city's strenuous, all-encompassing efforts to tackle pollution have begun to take effect. In March, Beijing shut down two sets of coal-burning power generation facilities of two plants, in addition to taking nearly half a million old vehicles of city streets.

The capital will continue to improve its energy structure to keep coal consumption under 15 million tons, phase out another 200,000 vehicles and close more than 300 polluting factories this year. Deputy Director of Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau Fang Li called it "the biggest move in the history" of the city's pollution control efforts.

In order to spread awareness of these recent progresses, the city a few days ago appointed U.S. National Basketball Association and China Basketball Association star (as well as MVP of the Beijing Ducks) Stephon Marbury as its official Beijing Environment Protection Ambassador.

Beijing has also been seeking support from international experts on how to revert its city back to the "bike paradise" it was in the 1980's, where the two-wheeled mode enjoyed a 63% share of all transportation in the city. The Asian Development Bank is funding the "Beijing Bicycle Strategy and Policy", which plans to raise Beijing's bicycle share of transportation to at least 20% by the year 2020. According to the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, two Dutch companies have presented their plans to assist the China Academy of Transportation Sciences in implementing the Strategy: leading renewable energy consultancy Ecofys, as well as international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV.

Bicycle transport expert at Royal HaskoningDHV said of the project: "Our vision for Beijing includes high quality bicycle routes and parking facilities, upgrading and extending the public bicycle sharing system, more trip destinations within bike-able distances and integration of cycling with a high quality public transport system for commuting."

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