A Hong Kong-designed prototype of an electric bus went up in flames, apparently the result of a short circuit, at a parking lot on Fuk Hi Street near the Yuen Long Industrial Estate.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, although the bus was reduced to a burnt wreck, Headline Daily reported.
The bus, the first to be designed in Hong Kong, cost around HK$40 million (US$5.16 million) to develop.
It was manufactured in Chongqing by Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle Ltd., a subsidiary of China Dynamics (Holdings) Ltd. (00476.HK).
The Hong Kong Productivity Council designed the bus and unveiled it in a promotional event in October. It planned to start commercial production as soon as early next year.
Funded by the government’s Innovation and Technology Fund, the 12-meter-long bus was assembled in Dongguan in Guangdong province.
Its body was made of an aluminum alloy that is more than 10 percent lighter than the material used for other e-bus models.
The vehicle can travel 380 kilometers after a four-hour charge and run at up to 70 kilometers per hour with 75 passengers.
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