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Green bus plan remains a priority

THE Shanghai Transportation Trade Association yesterday reiterated the government’s aim of having half the city’s public buses running on clean energy by the end of the year.

The target was set several years ago as part of a long-term plan to tackle air pollution.

The association added yesterday that a revised target seeks to boost the proportion of green buses on Shanghai’s streets to 70 percent by 2018, though no timeframe or specific details were provided.

About 1,500 new-energy buses will be in operation by the end of the year, the association said, without saying how many are currently in service.

A further 16 bus depots will be fitted with electric charging stations, it said.

“Most of the new buses will be electric, though some will be hybrids,” said Cai Xiaying, deputy chief engineer with the Shanghai Bashi Public Transportation Group.

In the future, the company hopes to operate about 70 electric buses on the planned medium-capacity traffic system along Yan’an Road, Cai told Shanghai Daily.

If developed, the system, which was proposed by the city government earlier in the year, will see 68 electric buses running on a 14km-long stretch of the road through Huangpu, Jing’an and Changning districts.

The system is scheduled to go into operation in early 2017, Cai said.

If it proves a success, similar systems might be introduced in other parts of the city, like on Xujiahui Road in Xuhui District, she said.

The 16 depots in which the charging systems are to be built will be in Huangpu, Jing’an, Putuo, Baoshan and Pudong New Area as well as Jinshan District and Chongming Island, the association said.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. At that time, the city will have 23 depots with electric charging stations, it said.

Vehicle and factory emissions account for about 50 percent of Shanghai’s air pollution.


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