BEIJING – Yuan Cheng Auto, a subsidiary brand of Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group (GCV), unveiled two new zero-emission buses, the F12 hydrogen fuel cell public transport bus and the C11 pure electric intercity bus, at Beijing International Exhibition on Buses, Trucks & Components which opened in Beijing on May 29.
The F12 bus is Geely’s first commercial vehicle which utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology and after a 10-minute refueling can run over 500 km. The C11 pure electric bus is made for a variety of operational scenarios such as city commuting, tourism, and public transportation. Along with a high passenger capacity, the two new models also have the advantages of being quiet and economical.
The F12 hydrogen fuel cell bus
The F12 bus is developed by GCV in response to China’s national new energy policy and as part of Geely’s continuing R&D into fuel cell technologies.
Hydrogen fuel has several major advantages including diverse availability and environmental friendliness. Hydrogen fuel can be extracted from fossil fuels, generated as a by-product of chemical production, and from electrolysis. Hydrogen is the ultimate environmentally friendly fuel for vehicles as it emits no emissions and only produces water. In addition, hydrogen refueling is similar to gasoline or diesel, simplifying infrastructure building.
The new hydrogen powered F12 bus adopts world-class fuel cell stack technology. In real world operational tests, it had an energy consumption rate of 7.5 kg of hydrogen per 100 km. A full tank is enough for all-day operation. Through extreme environmental test such as extreme heat, cold, and high altitude, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been proven to be very adaptive.
In addition to its advantages of zero emissions and low energy consumption as well as being quiet and economical, the F12 bus also comes with attractive design, comfortable interior, and multiple smart functions. The model is available in both 12-meter and 10.5-meter long versions, providing a comfortable riding experience and bright interior. In terms of smart functionality, the F12 bus comes with real time remote monitoring, road condition warning, remote fault diagnostic, and other intelligent features to assist companies in scheduling and fleet management.
The C11 pure electric bus
The C11 pure electric intercity bus is developed by GCV using Geely Holding Group’s experience in design, R&D and supply chain management for passenger vehicles to meet the diverse needs of different users. The electric bus applies Geely’s advanced lightweight technologies, perfectly meeting the operational needs of urban commuting, tourism and chartered buses.
The C11 bus fully adopts Geely’s suite of intelligent technologies such as Automatic Emergency Brake System, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Rearview Mirror, Automatic Parking Brake, Electronic Parking Brake, and Driver Fatigue Management System.
In terms of intelligent safety, the Automatic Emergency Brake System on the C11 bus can help drivers monitor the road and keep pedestrians safe. Together with Lane Departure Warning, these features can help reduce traffic accidents by 80 percent.
Optimizing battery energy consumption, the C11 bus is equipped with an Intelligent Energy Control System which improves the energy efficiency of the vehicle by 16 percent.
As a provider of safe, intelligent, green public transportation solutions, Yuan Cheng Auto provides a full range of pure electric, range extended, hydrogen, and methanol smart buses between 6 and 12 meters long. Along with a wide variety of products designed to meet different operational needs, Yuan Cheng Auto also provides training, aftersales service, parts, charging services, financial services, and other comprehensive services as part of Geely’s future smart three-dimensional travel ecology.
Guided by the desire to reduce pollution and bring blue skies back to the cities, GCV aims to provide society with green, intelligent, safe, and efficient mobility solutions.
“Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group has been positioned as a technology leader in the field of new energy commercial vehicles since its conception,” said Lin Xiaohu, GCV’s deputy general manager, at the launch of the F12 and C11 buses. “We will always strive to create the safest, greenest, most energy-efficient refined vehicles in the world.”