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Zhuzhou rolls out last of its new-energy fleet

(Science and Technology Daily)

15:38, September 13, 2011

Edited and Translated by Liu Xiaoning, People's Daily Online

On Sept. 12, the last batch of 50 new-energy vehicles was put on the streets of Zhuzhou in central China's Hunan province, which marked the completion of the city's plan to build a green public transit system, according to Science and Technology Daily.

Currently, all of the existing buses in Zhuzhou have been replaced by electric or hybrid vehicles. This makes Zhuzhou the country's first city to have all of its buses powered by environmentally friendly energy.

In 2004, Zhuzhou opened the country's first new-energy vehicles mass transit line. In the following years, the city has worked hard to build up a high technology industrial base specialized in the research and production of electric and hybrid vehicles. To this end, it has concentrated on promoting the industrialization and application of new-energy vehicles. In 2009, Zhouzhu was selected as one of national demonstration cities to carry out an energy-saving and new-energy vehicle pilot project.

It is estimated that the hybrid buses in Zhuzhou have operated for a total mileage of about 46 million kilometers, carried more than 15.5 million passengers, saved nearly 220 million liters of oil per year and reduced 14,700 tons of carbon emissions in total.

At present, more than 1,600 electric or hybrid vehicles made under the domestic brand CRS have been put into domestic markets such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Changsha and Kunming, which account for one-quarter of the total market.

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