China rolls out first hybrid buses

China launched its first hybrid buses with solar panels yesterday following its bid to cut carbon emissions and push the development of green technologies. The 22 buses rolled off an […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

China launched its first hybrid buses with solar panels yesterday following its bid to cut carbon emissions and push the development of green technologies.

The 22 buses rolled off an industrial park in the Qiqiar city in Heilongjiang, which was the province’s biggest new energy project with an investment of 2.1billion yuan (£210.5million).

Company technicians claim the buses consume only 0.6 to 0.7Kwh of electricity per km and solar energy helps increase the life of lithium batteries, which is used to power the bus by 35%.

The solar-powered buses can accommodate a maximum 100 passengers.