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70 electric buses ordered by Jilin

SEVENTY electric buses doubling the maximum range of conventional electric cars will go into use in June in northeast China's Jilin Province, a researcher said yesterday.

The bus, driven by a lithium-ion battery, can travel more than 300 kilometers on a 20-minute battery recharge, compared with 100-150km for conventional electric cars that usually take more time to recharge, said Xie Haiming, a researcher with the Lithium-ion Battery Material S&T Innovation Center of Jilin Province.

Xie said the increased range was gained by using the advance LiFeP04 battery, which was safer and had a longer life than the widely used lead acid cell.

The government of Liao yuan City was buying 20 of the 24-seat buses and the Changchun City government had ordered 50.

"The cost for every 100km of travel by the new bus is 35 yuan (US$5.11), much lower than the 120 yuan of petrol-driven buses," Xie said.

The battery on the new bus can be recharged up to 2,000 times, needing just 20 minutes each time, Xie said.


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