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4.4.15

ELECTRIC BUSES * China: Wireless charging stations for

* Hong Kong - ZTE to expand wireless charging facilities for Tesla-like electric buses across China


   --   Telecoms giant ZTE Corp is about to launch a wireless charging service for electric buses in several mainland cities, a step towards becoming a key player in the growing market of alternative-fuel vehicles... Academus Tian, vice-president of ZTE's New Energy division, said its technology would go into operation for 10 bus routes in June, with the transport companies paying for the service... ZTE already had wireless charging stations in seven mainland cities, including Chengdu in Sichuan , Kunming in Yunnan and Shenzhen... The system involves an energy transmission module, buried underground, and a reception module installed on the vehicle. The stations can be built at bus terminals or car parks... ZTE faces the additional challenge of bringing wireless charging costs in line with traditional systems. It's now twice as expensive. "But the cost of wireless charging would [be] cut sharply if it attracts a large quantity of users," Tian said... The mainland government is making a concerted push towards increasing reliance on "green" vehicles, with the transport ministry announcing last month that officials aimed to add 200,000 buses and 100,000 taxis powered by alternative fuels by 2020... 
(Photo: Xinhua - A China-made electric bus, among a new fleet of green cars rolled out across the mainland)  --   Hong,Kong, China -  South China Morning Post, by He Huifeng - 4 April, 2015

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