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Eco-friendly, wireless buses on trial for Expo

SUPER-CAPACITOR electric buses will be put into service this year on a downtown route to test how well they could work on a planned World Expo transit route in Pudong starting next May.

The super-capacitor electric buses are more energy efficient than trolley buses and don't need overhead wires.

A small number have been used on a trial basis in Shanghai. Trolley Route 11 started adopting similar vehicles about two years ago.

Another trolley line, Route 26, running past downtown Huaihai Road, Changle Road and Jinling Road, will have five super-capacitor electric buses by October.

The Local Transit Bus Association said yesterday that the five buses would have better technology and design than those used on Route 11. Chargers will be installed at bus stops along the route.

"It only takes 30 seconds to recharge the bus. Passengers would hardly notice the stop," said an association official.

The transport authority will open a transit route in Pudong crossing the World Expo site next May with 36 such super-capacitor buses. Visitors could take these eco-friendly vehicles to travel between different exhibition halls at Expo.


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