Date
24 November 2017
A 16-ton pure electric vehicle is one among two advanced truck models that were developed by a Hong Kong startup, with support from the government and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. Photo: HKPC
A 16-ton pure electric vehicle is one among two advanced truck models that were developed by a Hong Kong startup, with support from the government and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. Photo: HKPC

HK firm unveils electric trucks to promote green transportation

E Tech Dynamic Technology, a Hong Kong-based technology startup, unveiled two electric vehicles recently — a hybrid electric coach and a 16-ton pure electric truck.

The hybrid vehicle, Hong Kong’s first plug-in hybrid electric coach, can achieve at least 40 percent fuel saving and 70 percent less emission compared to traditional diesel coaches, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The plug-in hybrid electric coach, which was designed, developed and assembled locally, measures 12 meters in length.

The electric coach can recharge its Lithium Titanate batteries as it is running, thus fulfilling the long-range transportation needed.

As for the pure electric truck, it features a universal chassis design that can be used as garbage trucks, box truck or and for other heavy-duty jobs such as transportation of construction waste.

The electric truck offers a zero-emission solution to local companies for transport of construction and building material waste.

Both the vehicles will undergo road tests.

The projects were partly funded by the government’s Innovation and Technology Fund and jointly developed with the Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre of the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

The aim was to promote green transportation as well as improve the air quality in Hong Kong.

Development of smart trucks has been in full throttle in some foreign countries, with a few well-known names involved in the effort.

Among them is US-based Tesla, which, according to Reuters, will launch a heavy-duty all-electric semi-truck, known as “Tesla Semi”, on Nov. 16.

The Tesla Semi truck is capable of running a range of 200 miles to 300 miles after each charging, marking a critical milestone in the firm’s foray into the commercial transport sector.

In related news, Brazilian startup CargoX, which recently raised US$20 million in its series C funding. A “GoGoVan” equivalent in container truck market, CargoX provides a matching service between shipper and idle container trucks.

CargoX’s service has quickly gained popularity since its launch in March. The startup has so far raised US$34 million.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Nov 9

Translation by Jonathan Chong

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