First Hong Kong-designed electronic bus burns down

December 14, 2015 14:40
The electric bus catches fire apparently by itself while parked near the Yuen Long Industrial Estate on Sunday. Photos: Reader Mr. Yeung (Ming Pao), Productivity Council

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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