Date
23 January 2017
One of Hong Kong's first electric buses is seen in Tsim Sha Tsui. The launch of five new e-buses has been held up by a doorbell problem.
One of Hong Kong's first electric buses is seen in Tsim Sha Tsui. The launch of five new e-buses has been held up by a doorbell problem.

Electric bus launch shelved due to faulty doorbell

A doorbell fault has forced New World First Bus and Citybus to cancel the launch of five electric buses at the last minute.

Public broadcaster RTHK is reporting that an alarm sounds continuously when the bell is pressed, instead of just once until the doors close.   

However, the problem does not affect the safety of the vehicles which were manufactured in the mainland.

Nonetheless, the companies decided to wait until the problem has been fixed.

Wan Chai district councilor Clarisse Yeung said the companies’ explanation has failed to allay public concern.

“They’re very worried about the new electric buses and they oppose the idea of introducing the new buses here. But for environmental friendly concern, they support it. But they [do not have] confidence in the buses, which are made in China,” she said.

The first batch of five electric buses went into service last year but were taken out of service when problems developed with their doors in less than two weeks, according to RTHK.

Another bus that was designed in Hong Kong but was manufactured in the mainland, was destroyed by fire that was sparked by a short-circuit.

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