Shenzhen is a city that has reached a future that the U.S. can only dream about.
The city, home to about 12 million people, has made a wholesale conversion to electric transportation, with 16,000 Electric Buses and 22,000 Electric Taxis, as Fully Charged explains in the video at bottom (via Electrek and InsideEVs).
Shenzhen is the home base of BYD, one of the largest electric vehicle makers in the world.
What’s the upside to all those electric buses?
“First of all, they have zero emissions and no pollution,” as one of the bus drivers explains in the video at bottom.
“Second is, no noise. Third is, they’re easy to operate,” the driver says, adding that driving a diesel bus previously was a strain on her arms.
The roughly 6,000 buses at Shenzhen Bus Company (one of three bus companies) cover about one million kilometers a day. “Think about all of the diesel pollution [those buses] would have been putting out previously,” Fully Charged says.
About 1,800 chargers blanket the city. The buses typically have a 250 kWh (kilowatt hour) battery pack. The cost of charging a bus is in the neighborhood of $45 (300 CNY).
The Shenzhen Bus Company also runs a fleet of about 5,000 electric taxis (13:50 mark).
“Our citizens here are enjoying a better quality of environment…air quality…that clean energy brings,” said a representative of Shenzhen Bus Company.
One of the challenges of electric buses and taxis is charging time. For instance, it takes about two hours to charge a taxi.
In an effort to solve the problem with down time for the drivers, the company provides a café, a dining area, a gym, and a place to get a health checkup, according to a spokesperson in the video.
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