500 electric buses were delivered to the northern Chinese industrial city Tianjin this Wednesday by electric car manufacturer BYD (“Build Your Dream”). The buses with a range of 200 kilometers were built in collaboration between Tianjin Bus Group and BYD. With the fleet the city also officially opened a charging station with a capacity to charge 80 buses at the same time, and 448 buses a day.
Tianjin, whose industry relies on coal for energy, is among the Chinese cities with the worst air quality. With the delivery Tianjin now owns 3,220 clean-energy-buses, of which 1,346 are electric. Since 2016 the city has installed 20 charging stations with nearly 2.800 charging points.
China, which is suffering from massive environmental problems, started to put the future on clean energy in the past years. At the end of last year the whole fleet of 8,000 taxis of the northern city Taiyuan was replaced by electric taxis.
Also another city, the electronic capital Shenzhen, a neighbor of Hong Kong, received over 1,000 electric buses by BYD in a single delivery. A drone flight over the lines of buses is impressive.
Here is a timelaps video from Beijing that shows smog rolling in than gives a sense of the immensity of the environmental problems: