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24.3.16

ELECTRIC BUSES * WORLDWIDE

* Karnakata / India - Electric buses daily earn 82 per cent more profit than diesel vehicles


-- Electric buses generate 27 percent more revenue and 82 percent more profits than diesel buses per day, according to an Indian Institute of Science (IISc) study evaluating electric vehicles for urban transport... The findings have special significance because primary mass transit in Indian cities is provided by 150,000 diesel buses, held responsible for contributing to urban smog and carbon emissions that are warming the planet... As much as 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission can be cut every year for every diesel bus replaced by an electric bus, said the IISC study, conducted by Sheela Ramasesha and her group at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change in Bengaluru... Diesel-powered buses and trucks contribute higher CO2 than lighter motor vehicles powered by petrol, a study in the journal Atmospheric Environment said in 2009... Despite the high initial investment, the absence of tailpipe exhaust fumes, silent running, and lower idling motor energy losses at bus stops or traffic signals could make the electric bus one of those technological options for urban India... 
(Photo: First electric bus launched in Bangalore)   --  Bangalore, Karnakata, India - The New Indian Express - 21st March 2016


* British Columbia / Canada - Report: Electric & Hybrid Electric buses eemand to grow at 17% till 2021


-- Growing demand for zero emission vehicles and implementation of favourable government policies to drive growth in global electric & hybrid electric bus market through 2021... According to TechSci Research report, "Global Electric & Hybrid Electric Buses Market, By Vehicle Type, By Technology, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011-2021", global market for electric & hybrid electric buses offers huge growth potential. Major global economies such as the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, China, etc., have already deployed a huge number of new buses with electric and hybrid fuel systems. Major factors driving global electric & hybrid electric buses market include rising pollution concerns, rapid developments in transportation sector, coupled with governments across various countries launching initiatives to switch from clean energy buses comprising CNG/LPG buses to zero emission buses. Over the next five years, developed economies offer tremendous potential for incorporation of these high priced electric & hybrid electric buses in their transportation networks... Leading electric & hybrid electric bus manufacturers across the globe have been constantly working on lowering cost of batteries in order to boost adoption of electric & hybrid buses in various developed as well as major developing countries, globally. Few of the leading electric & hybrid electric bus manufacturers such as Zhengzhou Yutong Group, BYD, Volvo, Zhongtong Bus, etc., have been expanding their product portfolios and focusing on introduction of various models of electric & hybrid electric buses with advanced features that are specific to a country's requirements and road conditions... 
(Photo: Beijing's electric bus fleet in service during the 2008 Olympics) -- Burnaby,BC,CAN - PRNewswire - March 23, 2016


* DC / USA - Accelerating zero-emission mass transit one EV bus order at a time

 -- During the last ten years the United States has borne witness to a patchwork of federal transportation funding measures. But on December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, crystallizing a long-term investment future for manufacturers, infrastructure providers and public transit agencies alike. Backed by strong bipartisan support, the $305 billion surface transportation bill marks the first multi-year, fully-funded bill of its kind in over a decade, which sets the historical legislation in stark relief against years of inadequate funding... The law is of particular importance to the emerging zero-emission bus industry. Transit agencies will see an 89 percent increase of current funding levels for the Bus and Bus Facilities Program and bolstered investment in the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) Program... Lastly, the FAST Act enhances state transportation programs. For example, California transit agencies can take advantage of the state’s existing Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and still lease batteries through the FAST Act, dramatically reducing upfront capital costs...
Washington, DC, USA - The Hill, by Eric J. McCarthy - March 23, 2016


* California / USA - Link Transit orders first 4 BYD electric buses

-- Link Transit, in the City of Wenatchee, Washington, USA,  will take delivery of their first four battery electric transit buses from the global electric vehicle leader BYD Coach & Bus... The BYD K9S is a 35 foot derivative of the BYD K9 40 foot bus which is the most popular electric bus platform on earth, with more than 6,000 now running in revenue service in cities from Los Angeles, to London and Hong Kong... BYD’s Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by a staff of more than 15,000 R&D engineers and includes the BYD Iron-Phosphate battery which boasts the only 12-year-battery warranty in the industry. Combined with BYD’s proprietary in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system, the BYD battery electric bus offers the lowest life cycle cost of ownership... 
 (Photo: Business Wire - The 35' BYD K9S that will be joining LINK's fleet in 2016)   --  Los Angeles, CAL, USA -- BUSINESS WIRE - March 22, 2016

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