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Old December 9th, 2015, 08:57 AM   #1361
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Old December 26th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #1365
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Prototype HK$3.8m electric bus destroyed in blaze
15 December 2015
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A HK$3.8 million prototype electric bus, the first to be designed in the city but built on the mainland, went up in flames on Sunday.

The fire department believed the vehicle, which had just passed a road test and was ready for commercialisation, suffered a short circuit and overheated battery.

Police were alerted at about 5.30pm on Sunday when a driver passing the parking site in Fuk Hi Street at the Yuen Long Industrial Estate noticed thick black smoke billowing into the air.

Firemen put out the flames shortly before 6pm but the bus was reduced to a charred wreck.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Productivity Council, which designed and unveiled the bus in a promotional event on October 26, said the vehicle had been handed over a couple of weeks ago to the project sponsor, Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed China Dynamics (Holdings), for commercial production after passing road tests.

China Dynamics said in a statement that "vigorous testing" had been conducted by the Productivity Council and a third party on the mainland and in Hong Kong, and the vehicle had been approved. The company said it and the council would investigate the cause of the fire.

It said apart from the bus in Hong Kong, there was another in Dongguan which was operating properly, and the loss of the vehicle had no major impact on the financial position and operation of the firm and its subsidiaries

The HK$40 million project began in August 2013, and was funded by the government's Innovation and Technology Fund. The electric bus was constructed at a cost of about HK$3.8 million - twice the price of a diesel bus.

While it was designed locally for the city's winding roads, the bus was made on the mainland due to a lack of manpower and space to build it in the city.
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Old December 27th, 2015, 07:23 AM   #1366
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Old December 27th, 2015, 03:19 PM   #1367
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Old December 27th, 2015, 04:19 PM   #1368
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2012 bus spotting farewell 30X bus line last hot dog event

KMB 30X line bus spotting event (the last one hot dog and "Walker chaos") occurred in May 1, 2012, KMB 30X line offers regular bus service on the last day.

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Only one a day 30X line Allway Gardens at dusk bound non-air-conditioned bus trips (vehicles of S3V27 / GL390), has attracted a large number of fans went to Whampoa Garden bus ride and farewell. During the line, someone 因巴士 fans jump the queue and complain to the owners, the owners and bus spotting caused the dispute.

Then there are the online discussion area and queued outgoing bus spotting trips will be directly related to the Diocesan Girls' private brand from overload, so that about thirty Ming Bashi fans immediately take 8P, 212, taxis and even private cars to catch up, foul language and abusive owners, the situation is confusing. [1]

While the vehicle last evening 7:10 out from Whampoa Garden, not as part of the bus spotting is from the middle of the arrangement contained; even passengers boarding station has failed, and thereafter take the 212 line car chase bus spotting respectively Walker Road and Diocesan Girls' sub-stations for failing to boarding and dissatisfied, and slapped the door of the bus opened and hinder other ways to vent. One team came in first, wearing a pink dress emotional man, denounce the successful squeeze onto bus spotting a vehicle to jump the queue, but also to foul language to scold car length, then also the presence of other people to join accuse [2] [ 3] [4]. Eventually dragged nearly five minutes, the bus left the station in order to drum noise and continue their journey.

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These events (especially in the occurrence of a dispute Walker Road) was the presence of other passenger bus spotting and photographed and uploaded to YouTube, many netizens were discussed. Some netizens believe that the authorities in the last full cold day cold hotline should be sent riot police to control the scene, also refers to the behavior of Internet users are fans of the bus accident insult to the word of "bus spotting." The matter was dubbed the "Walker chaos." [5], and the matter has been more than a few days in mainstream newspapers reported [6] [7] [8].

"After the chaos Walker 'occurs, in order to avoid bus spotting hot dogs made during farewell misconduct again cause confusion, KMB full cold forced into early date to May 9, before the summer is complete.

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Old December 29th, 2015, 05:44 PM   #1369
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First green bus hits the road in scheme to improve the air
28 December 2015
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Citybus No 11 travels from Central Ferry Piers to Jardine's Lookout, with four more to follow soon

The city's first electric bus in a government initiative to improve air quality made its maiden journey across Hong Kong Island yesterday, with four more expected to start running within a fortnight.

The Citybus vehicle on circular route No 11 - a battery-powered, single-decker bus with 31 seats - travelled from Central Ferry Piers to Jardine's Lookout.

Its two-year trial run is part of the government's HK$180 million scheme to improve air quality by subsidising five franchised bus companies to purchase 36 electric buses and related charging facilities for trial runs on different routes.

Two more Citybus circular routes, No 12 and 25A, are expected to start running today and tomorrow; while two New World First Bus Services routes, No 81 and 78, are expected to begin today and on January 5.

The two franchised bus companies expect five more electric buses will be put into service in the first half of 2016, with an extra bus joining each of the five routes.
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Old January 1st, 2016, 07:34 AM   #1370
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Five Hong Kong electric buses pulled from service in under two weeks due to glitches
9 January 2016
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Five electric buses have been taken out of service with glitches after less than two weeks on the road.

Checks on three Citybus vehicles and two from New World First Bus revealed problems with the exit doors, so they were called back to the depot for maintenance.

"The doors opened when the rubber trims of the door were pushed while the buses were still," said a spokesman for New World Services, which owns the two franchised bus companies.

"This issue does not occur when the bus is in motion. We have recalled the buses and contacted the manufacturer to follow up the problem."

The manufacturer, Shenzhen-based BYD, blamed minor problems with the software.

"We have updated the software and retuned the buses to NWFB and Citybus for a thorough inspection," a spokeswoman said.

She stressed it was the first time anywhere in the world that the problem had surfaced and that the company would keep in close touch with the bus companies to ensure passenger safety.

The city's first electric bus - a battery-powered, single-decker with 31 seats - hit the roads on December 27. The Citybus vehicle went into operation on the circular No 11 route from Central Ferry Piers to Jardine's Lookout.

Two more Citybus circular routes, No 12 and 25A, started running over the next two days, while two New World First Bus routes, No 81 and 78, launched on December 28 and January 5.
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港鐵斥二億元換節能巴士
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【本報訊】港鐵耗資二億元陸續更換六十八輛接駁巴士,首輛新巴士明日(二十日)「落地」,暫定行駛來往天水圍天恒邨及天水圍西鐵站的K76線。港鐵預計整批巴士將於二○一七年底前全數投入服務,令車隊的整體載客量提升一成二。

港鐵車務營運主管(西面網絡)黃琨暐表示,今次更換巴士是公司歷來最大的單一巴士訂單,主要考慮到舊巴士的服務年資,「到某年期就要安排更換」。目前已有二十一輛新車抵港,全為符合歐盟五期排放標準的瑞典富豪(Volvo)「B9TL」低地台雙層巴士,在馬來西亞車廠製造。當新巴士全數取締舊巴士後,港鐵車隊一百五十五輛巴士中,將有逾四分之三巴士達歐五水平,而餘下則屬歐四的環保巴士。

目前港鐵在新界西北及大埔區共營運十七條巴士線,黃琨暐指,首輛新巴士初期將主要在繁忙時段行駛,以收集參考數據。他又指每輛巴士可載一百二十六人,較舊雙層巴士增加約十六人,令整體載客量增一成二。新巴士會使用更節能、光線更充足的LED照明系統,亦配備自動到站廣播系統,以及自動感應外來障礙物功能。

Synopsis : MTR has purchased 68 buses at a cost of HKD 200 million, the first of which will begin service o the 20th running K76 in Tin Shui Wai. The entire batch of new buses will operate by 2017, increasing capacity by 12% to 155 buses.

This batch is the firm's single largest ever order as the older buses will be replaced. 21 new buses have so far arrived. These Volvo buses are made in Malaysia and adhere to Euro V emission standards.
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9 January 2016
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Five electric buses have been taken out of service with glitches after less than two weeks on the road.

Checks on three Citybus vehicles and two from New World First Bus revealed problems with the exit doors, so they were called back to the depot for maintenance.

"The doors opened when the rubber trims of the door were pushed while the buses were still," said a spokesman for New World Services, which owns the two franchised bus companies.

"This issue does not occur when the bus is in motion. We have recalled the buses and contacted the manufacturer to follow up the problem."
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Electric buses trial on hold again as new failure emerges

Five electric buses purchased by New World First Bus Services Limited (NWFB) and Citybus Limited for trial operation in Hong Kong were found to have faults, including wheel failure and faulty door parts, Sing Tao Daily reports.

A spokesman for the two bus operators said the buses would be taken back to the bus depot for a comprehensive check-up by engineers from BYD Co. Ltd., the manufacturer.

The government earlier allocated a subsidy of HK$180 million for five local franchise bus companies to buy a total of 36 electric buses as part of a trial scheme.

The five BYD buses operated by Citybus and NWFB went into service on Dec. 27 last year, serving routes in the Mid-Levels, Eastern, Wan Chai and Southern districts.

On Jan. 8, or in less than two weeks of operation, it was reported that the anti-trapping rubber on the side of the bus door was overly sensitive and could spring the doors open suddenly.

The problem prompted a suspension of all electric buses for inspection and the service only resumed on Jan. 11.
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