SHENZHEN – Shenzhen has become the first city in China and the first among megacities globally to electrify its entire public transport bus fleet, the city’s Transport Commission announced on December 27.
A total of 16,359 battery electric public transport buses have been put into operation by then and there are now 12,518 battery electric taxis running in the city, accounting for 62.5 percent of the total taxi fleet, making Shenzhen the city with the biggest volume and most comprehensive use of electric taxis in the world.
The electrified public transport bus fleet helps to cut the city’s CO2 emissions by 1.353 million tons and pollutants including NOx, non-methane hydrocarbon and particulate matter by 431.6 tons annually, while the electric taxi fleet helps to cut CO2 emissions by 340,000 tons and pollutants 207.5 tons every year.
The city already boasts a new energy vehicle industrial chain that exceeded ¥100 billion in output value in 2016 led by leading players such as BYD, Nanjing King Long and Wuzhoulong Motors. It became one of the first 13 energy-saving and new energy vehicle demonstration pilot cities in 2009.