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Old August 21st, 2011, 06:13 PM   #1041
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Old September 6th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #1042
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Second wind for electric bus trials
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We're always on board when it comes to helping make Hong Kong greener, but KMB plans to test a BYD electric bus seem recycled.

The company was supposed to run road tests last year for the super-capacitor gBus, used in Shanghai since 2006. But, apparently, nothing has come out of it.

Now Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, on his blog, said BYD will lease an electric bus to KMB for trial runs. Like the gBus trials, the new tests will take six months.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #1043
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Old September 7th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #1044
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Hello everybody. I am from New York City and I am going to be studying public transit in a variety of countries next year on a academic fellowship. One of them is Hong Kong. I was wondering if I could talk to any one of you and also count on meeting you when I am there next year. Thank you.

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Old September 11th, 2011, 09:58 AM   #1045
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Old September 15th, 2011, 03:16 PM   #1046
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Five teens held for bus blazes after net boasts
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Five teenagers were arrested last night in connection with the torching of three double-decker buses in Tsz Wan Shan.

The suspects, aged 13 and 14, were detained in raids at Wong Tai Sin and Tseung Kwan O.

Police were unable to confirm whether one of those arrested, a girl, is responsible for internet postings claiming responsibility for Tuesday's attacks.

Netizens sent pictures of the girl and an alleged accomplice to police.

One cited those living near the bus station as saying a group of youngsters had been playing with fire. But they did not know if it was the same group who had set the buses ablaze.

The girl, whose Facebook username is "Sze Tse" - later changed to "Carol Tse" - posted a picture of the burning KMB vehicles at the outdoor bus station on her Facebook page.

She said in comments below the posted picture - which received over 20 "likes" from her Facebook friends - that she took the picture around 4am. But she did not hint at a motive.

The girl also mentioned another person, whose Facebook username is "Hinhin Lau." The boy left a few comments claiming he had used alcohol to fuel the fire.

Firefighters said they found the residue of a flammable liquid in front of a burned-out bus.

A few users of the social network site said those who set the fire should have burned a nearby secondary school so they would not have to attend.

They were believed to be referring to Tak Oi Secondary School.

The Facebook post was hit upon by netizens and was quickly circulated on another popular internet forum.

Pictures of the teenagers supposedly behind the arson attacks and of the schools they attended were also posted on this forum.

More than 300 netizens commented on the topic within two hours of it being opened.

Also posted was what was claimed to be a copy of an e-mail sent to police with information concerning the teenagers who have claimed responsibility in cyberspace.

The attacks left one KMB double- decker bus burned down to its frame, with two others severely damaged and the station itself virtually destroyed.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #1047
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Old October 13th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #1048
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Hello i am a bus enthuiasts in England (Manchester) im mad about buses and have since i was about 4 years old, i also collect anything to do with buses from models to photos to stops etc. I would love to go to Hong Kong one day bus spotting and i have a few models of Hong Kong Buses and many more to collect.
I would like to talk to other bus enthuiasts in Hong Kong about buses and also swap UK Bus items for Hong Kong bus items so get in touch
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Old October 19th, 2011, 07:13 PM   #1049
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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #1050
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Old October 29th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #1051
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Old November 1st, 2011, 11:49 AM   #1052
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Electric buses one step closer
Updated: 2011-10-28 07:58
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Trial runs of electric buses will be accelerated in the coming years as about one-third of Hong Kong's franchised bus fleet will be phased out by 2015.

Edward Yau Tang-wah, secretary for the environment, said on Thursday Hong Kong should seize this opportunity to push forward the operation of electric buses and promote their deployment in the long run.

An electric bus costs much less than a bus fueled by diesel or petroleum, the price of which has been soaring amid a worldwide shortage, while, on the other hand, its use would very much improve the environment.

The government has come under pressure from local environmental groups to reduce worsening air pollution. Yau pointed out that, in heavily-populated areas like Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, more than 40 percent of the air pollution comes from buses.

According to Eric Cheng Ka-wai, a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Polytechnic University, electric-charging fees are 70 percent less than those of petroleum replenishing costs. Besides, electric buses have proved to be more efficient than conventional buses, with 90 percent of the energy used, while conventional vehicles use only some 20 percent.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in his recent Policy Address that HK$180 million would be spent on acquiring 36 electric buses for four franchised bus companies, including Kowloon Motor Bus.

All the electric buses are single-decker vehicles, while most of the city's buses are double-deckers.

While the deployment of electric buses requires such supporting facilities as special chargers on the routes, the government is leaving it to the franchised bus companies to invest in research and development and the facilities required.

A fast-charger, for instance, may cost between HK$100,000 and HK$300,000, Cheng said.

Cheng also cited the problems that may arise when electric buses take passengers. If there is a traffic jam, these buses could use up more energy than usual.

In summer, when air-conditioning could use up to 40 percent of the electricity, it could lead to the buses being overheated.

Although solar energy can be considered as a substitute, its cost would be much higher than that of electricity.

Nevertheless, Cheng agreed that the government should speed up the promotion and adoption of electric vehicles as oil reserves dwindle.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:09 PM   #1053
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Single deckers?? Nooo!!!
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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:24 PM   #1054
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Single deckers?? Nooo!!!
The electric bus trial was on the news a few days ago, and the feedback hasn't been very good. The fuel cells take up a lot of room inside the compartment so the passenger capacity is relatively small.

These are some new single deckers out on the streets lately :



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Old November 3rd, 2011, 10:04 AM   #1055
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LCQ18: Pilot Green Transport Fund
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Kam Nai-wai and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, at the Legislative Council meeting today (November 2):

Question:

The Financial Secretary proposed in the 2010-2011 Budget that a $300 million Pilot Green Transport Fund (the Fund) be set up to encourage the transport sector to introduce green and innovative transport technologies, with a view to improving air quality. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) announced last month that the first batch of 13 applications under the Fund had been approved, which covered the trial of 16 electric buses and nine electric goods vehicles with a total subsidy of about $50 million. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether the authorities have, when putting forward the proposal for the Fund, set different indicators such as the number of applications submitted, the number of applications approved, or air quality data, etc. for monitoring and assessing the operation and effectiveness of the Fund; if they have, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and of the improvement measures to be adopted by the authorities when the Fund receives lukewarm response and fails to yield satisfactory results;

(b) given that it has been reported that as at March this year, two applications which involved the trial of electric motorcycles had been rejected on the ground that motorcycles did not satisfy the definition of "public transport", how the decision on the scope of the Fund had been made by the authorities in the first place; whether they intend to examine extending the scope of the Fund (such as covering trial projects which do not meet the definition of "public transport" and those on "electric commercial vehicle"); if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(c) given that it has been reported that six applications submitted by the member companies of one particular bus group were approved for subsidy under the Fund, involving a total of 12 electric buses and a grant of about $30 million, and that some members of the Steering Committee of the Fund who participated in the vetting and approval of the applications pointed out that the Steering Committee might not have carefully scrutinised the background of the applicants and as a result, the subsidies might be granted predominantly to one particular operator, whether the authorities have looked into the vetting and approval process to see if approval was granted in a rash and careless manner, and whether there are mechanisms or guidelines in place to prevent subsidies under the Fund from being granted predominantly to one particular operator; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(d) given that the Chief Executive has put forth in his policy addresses for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 respectively the proposal to fund the full cost of procuring six hybrid buses for use by the franchised bus companies along busy corridors in Hong Kong on a trial basis, as well as the proposal to earmark $180 million for franchised bus companies to purchase 36 electric buses for trial runs on a number of routes to assess their performance in different conditions, whether the authorities have considered extending the scope of the Fund to cover these proposals; if not, of the reasons for that; and the latest progress of the trial of the six hybrid buses; and

(e) whether the authorities know how the current price of an environment-friendly bus (including hybrid, electric and supercapacitor double/single-decker buses) compares to that of an ordinary diesel bus (including double/single-decker buses which meet the European Union's emission standards); and the existing number of buses (including hybrid, electric and supercapacitor buses) in each franchised bus company's vehicle fleet, broken down by the emission standards which the buses meet?

Reply:

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(a) The purpose of the Pilot Green Transport Fund (the Fund) is to encourage the transport sector to test out green and innovative transport technologies by way of subsidy so as to improve roadside air quality and avert global climate change. After consulting the Legislative Council, the relevant stakeholders and the Steering Committee of the Fund, we have drawn up details of the subsidy arrangements under the Fund. We anticipate that the Fund would test out various green transport technologies through subsidising different transport trades in the coming two to three years, thereby promoting wider use of more environment-friendly and less polluting green transport technologies in the trades.

Since the set up of the Fund on March 30, 2011, we have been actively introducing the Fund to the green and innovative transport product suppliers and the transport trades, and also encouraging them to make use of the subsidy under the Fund so that more green transport products can be used and tested in Hong Kong. The Fund has now successfully attracted many overseas green and innovative transport product suppliers, particularly electric vehicle suppliers, to promote their products in Hong Kong. In just half a year after its set up, the Fund has received enthusiastic responses with 30 applications received, which shows that the suppliers and transport trades are eager to make good use of the Fund to promote green transport. Among the 30 applications received, two-thirds are on electric vehicles while others are on hybrid vehicles and after-treatment emission reduction devices. The total subsidy for these applications amounts to about $90 million or about 30% of the total allocation for the Fund. We will continue to actively encourage the transport sector to make use of the subsidy under the Fund to test out green and innovative transport technologies, as well as to encourage innovative transport product suppliers to introduce their products to the local market so as to promote green transport.

(b) To deliver the objective of improving the air quality effectively, the subsidy targets of the Fund are the public transport and goods vehicles, which have greater impact on our roadside air quality, as well as ferries. As the two applications quoted by the Hon Kam Nai-wai involve electric motorcycles, which are not public transport, they are not eligible for the application.

(c) In the first batch of approved applications, there are six applications from different companies from the same parent group. According to the Transport Department's advice, these six companies are operating as independent business entities. As such, they meet the eligibility criteria for application under the rules of the Fund.

(d) As franchised buses are the major source of roadside air pollution on busy corridors, the Government proposes to fund the full cost of procuring hybrid buses and electric buses for trial by the franchised bus companies. Through the trials, we will be able to understand the performance of these buses and collect operational data, henceforth paving the way for promoting the franchised bus companies to use more environment-friendly buses in future. As for non-franchised bus companies, they are eligible for subsidy under the Pilot Green Transport Fund to test green transport technologies. This two-pronged strategy can effectively promote both franchised and non-franchised bus companies to adopt green transport technologies in response to the public aspiration for better roadside air quality.

(e) The number of buses owned by the franchised bus companies as at end of August 2011, classified by emission standards, is shown at the Annex.

Currently, the respective costs of a new double-deck diesel bus and a new single-deck diesel bus are in the region of $3 million and $2 million. However, the costs quoted above would be affected by market conditions such as foreign exchange rates, the number of buses purchased, etc., and are therefore subject to changes.

As hybrid buses and electric buses are still new transport products, their prices are higher than those of the conventional diesel buses. As the franchised bus companies do not have these kinds of buses in their fleets, and the procurement for the relevant trial programmes has yet to be completed or started, we do not have the exact prices of these buses at this moment. Nevertheless, according to preliminary information provided by bus suppliers and franchised bus companies, the price of a double-deck hybrid bus is about $5.5 million and that of a single-deck electric bus, including relevant charging facilities, is about $5 million. We do not have the pricing information for single-deck hybrid buses and double-deck electric buses.

Annex : http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/20111...0178_86044.pdf
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KMB provides full air-conditioned bus service on Route 66
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To provide a more comfortable bus service for passengers in Tuen Mun District, with effect from Monday, 7 November 2011, Route 66 (Tai Hing ←→ Sham Shui Po[Yen Chow Street]) will be converted into a full air-conditioned service. The fare of Route 66 is $11.10.


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