Electric commercial vehicle manufacturer BYD recently launched the “Zero Carbon Industrial Campus” in Pingshan, China, which would become the first zero-carbon HQ of Chinese automobile brands.
Founded in September 2006, BYD Pingshan Industrial Campus covers an approximate area of 2.3 million square meters, employing approximately 50,000 people.
Promoting carbon emission reduction
Promoting carbon emission reduction and achieve carbon neutrality requires an accurate understanding of where carbon emission coming from, knowing how to count related emission data, applying green energy more efficiently, having sufficient space for emission reduction, and devising efficient industry strategies.
To this end, BYD has invited SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, and certification company, to provide consulting, certification, and technical support for the project.
One of BYD’s representatives stated that “Pingshan’s first ‘Zero Carbon Industrial Campus’ project will become an important case study with rich experience accumulated, paving the way for BYD’s company-wide carbon emission reduction and carbon neutrality.”
Zero Carbon Industrial Campus
In the construction of the “Zero Carbon Industrial Campus”, BYD has strengthened its carbon emission reduction actions concerning the energy structure, industrial structure, transportation, procurement, production, and operation of the campus.
Concurrently, based on environmental technologies, BYD can achieve energy conservation and emission reduction products and solutions.
In the Pingshan Industrial Campus, BYD has given full play to its unique advantages in the field of new energy and provided a package of green solutions such as photovoltaics, energy storage, new energy vehicles, SkyRail, and SkyShuttle to all aspects of production and life in the campus.
Green rail transit system
For example, BYD has built an intelligent green multi-level rail transit system, new energy vehicles, energy storage systems, and new energy vehicle charging stations on the campus.
BYD has now expanded its emission reduction efforts to the daily production and operation of the company. BYD strives to create a green ecological environment for the entire campus through its internal green recycling system.
On the road to attaining carbon emission reduction and carbon neutrality, BYD strives to be a pioneer in sustainable development and is committed to using technological innovation to achieve its zero-carbon goal.
The launch of the first “Zero Carbon Industrial Campus” project will facilitate to build increasing numbers of zero-carbon factories and zero-carbon campuses for BYD and help the automotive industry to accumulate experience.
It will also contribute to BYD’s expertise in accelerating the green and low-carbon transformation of China’s transportation and manufacturing industries.
Electric bus manufacturer BYD announced that it has successfully delivered 119 units of electric buses in Finland, making it the largest ever order for electric bus in the country.
Delivered in batches, the buses will be owned by a company called Nobina, which purchased a broad range of BYD eBus models, including 23 units of the best-selling 12-metre model, eight units of BYD’s recently updated 13-metre variant and 44 high-capacity 18-metre articulated buses.
18-metre articulated buses
Representing more than half of the buses delivered to Helsinki, the 18-metre articulated eBus boasts a spacious interior capable of carrying 112 passengers and can charge up to 300kW through a roof-mounted pantograph, providing a convenient and efficient recharging process.
Each bus is equipped with a full driver cab surround and BYD’s own Battery Thermal Management System technology to maximise battery life and optimise driving range in the cold conditions often experienced in Finland.
Similarly, to ensure that the ambient temperature on-board the bus is always comfortable, climate pre-heating is fitted for use on early morning starts.
BYD becomes leading electric bus supplier in Nordic region
The 119 BYD eBuses for Nobina further underscores BYD’s position as the Nordic region’s leading supplier of electric buses, with nearly 600 vehicles either delivered or on order with public transport operators in over 20 towns and cities throughout Scandinavia.
Collectively, BYD vehicles in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland have covered more than 25 million kilometres, resulting in a 27,000-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.
With its Scandinavian head-office based in Sweden, BYD’s presence in the Nordic market began in 2015 with the launch of its zero-emissions, pure-electric buses.
Becoming a common sight
This was followed in 2018 by the introduction of the first BYD pure-electric articulated buses in Oslo, Norway. BYD electric buses are now a common sight across the region, with the marque’s popularity demonstrated through positive feedback from multiple PTAs and PTOs.
Petri Auno, the Managing Director of Nobina Finland, said that from mid-August Nobina will be the biggest electric bus operator in Finland, with more than 110 BYD full electric buses working across the Turku and Helsinki regions.
“I am happy and proud of this achievement,” Petri said. “We have had an extremely tight timeframe to deliver the buses and to build the infrastructure ready for operations to begin. With 100% commitment from all the parties, we have been able to hit this most challenging of targets.
The Parisian transport authority, Île-de-France Mobilités and the city’s transport operator, RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) have awarded a major European tender to Iveco Bus for the supply of its 12-meter full electric buses.
This order for 180 electric buses, together with the 247 already in operation, will see Iveco Bus become the foremost supplier of electric buses to the RATP.
Bus 2025 plan
It marks another important step in the implementation of the Bus 2025 plan aimed at making the bus fleet of Paris, and the surrounding region more environmentally friendly.
The 100% electric, zero-emissions vehicles provide a number of significant environmental benefits ranging from improved air quality, reduction of greenhouse gases and noise pollution reduction and can be recharged overnight at the depot.
The model we’re looking at is the Iveco E-Way electric model, produced in the electromobility centre of excellence of Heuliez (a Brand of CNH Industrial) in Rorthais, France.
Available both in standard and articulated versions, the model has been designed to be operated in dedicated bus lanes in order to improve the journeys and the living environment of the city-dwellers and so offer a service close to what as can offer other conventional systems of public transport.
Thanks to their different interior and exterior levels of customization, the E-Way models are providing well-being and conviviality. They contribute to the image and attractiveness of urban transport as well.
On board, the multiple possibilities of materials choice and the custom-made arrangements upgrade the passengers’ compartment.
The flat floor along its whole length further enables to optimize the ingress and exit speed of passengers and a better accessibility for people with reduced mobility for passengers with pram or in wheelchair.
The plunging shape of the instrument panel gives the driver an excellent visibility and improves the driving comfort.
The model is available in four lengths (9.5m, 10.7m, 12m and 18m) and three charging modes: overnight at the depot, via pantograph (ascending or descending) or mixed recharging to meet the specific autonomy needs of each customer.
This significant new contract for the Iveco Bus brand underscores CNH Industrial’s commitment to the investing in and developing of a complete range of alternative fuel vehicles.
Volvo is currently testing its electric buses in warm climates as part of challenging test programmes in countries like Spain and Mexico, among other places.
For example, during 2020 the fully electric Volvo 7900 Electric bus was tested in Spanish cities, including Zaragoza, Santander and Madrid, where the ambient temperature during the test period sometimes exceeded 40°C.
Heat and battery usage
This made it possible to investigate in practice how the energy usage of the buses was affected by using the air conditioning to full capacity.
A Volvo 7900 Electric is currently also being tested in the busy Metrobus system in Mexico City. It will be in operation for six months and then the experiences from this trial period will be evaluated.
“As one of the leading global suppliers of solutions for electric mobility, we must be able to meet our customers’ requirements and expectations regardless of where they operate. That applies not only to environmental considerations but also availability, passenger comfort and safety.”
We test our products together with our customers in Arctic conditions and in warm climates to ensure that we have the best solutions for a range of different requirements,” says Marie Carlsson, Director Citymobility Business Development at Volvo Buses.
“Our buses performed well, and we were able to demonstrate that they are extremely reliable even in very hot climate conditions,” says Francisco Unda, Managing Director of Volvo Buses in Spain & Portugal. The cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, etc. are all expected to begin electrifying their public transport systems in the near future.
Various charging methods
“We at Volvo Buses are ready to offer electrified solutions with different charging methods and service packages to the cities that want to start the move towards more sustainable public transport,” says Francisco Unda.
“The results of the tests will pave the way for the rapid electrification of public transport throughout the world. We have turnkey solutions that include everything from quiet, zero-emission buses to the charging infrastructure and servicing. This means that we can help to improve the living environments and lay the foundations for cities all over the world to become more sustainable,” says Marie Carlsson.
Volvo Buses has already supplied more than 6 500 electrified buses to cities worldwide. Its product range includes self-charging hybrids and fully electric buses. In addition to the buses themselves, Volvo’s electric mobility offering includes battery optimisation, charging infrastructure, servicing and maintenance.
Two fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro urban buses have covered a combined 200,000 kilometres within the space of exactly one year of tough regular-service operations, proving the reliability and durability of the eCitaro.
Operated by the Egenberger bus company from Thierhaupten near Augsburg, Germany, the buses have saved more than 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Permanent operation for a year
The two regular-service buses don’t just sport attractive decals, but also the blue angel seal of approval for environmental protection and, since 15 July last year, have been in almost permanent operation.
An unusual aspect is that the electric urban buses are used on a 20-km-long regional bus route, meaning the route enjoys high numbers of passengers.
Charge at stops
The batteries of the buses have a capacity of 292 kWh which get charged both at the terminus stops as well as by means of intermediate charging along the route.
Subsidised by the German federal government and the State of Bavaria, this project is limited in time until 2026. The eCitaro buses are used in alternation with the Citaro hybrid.
The latter not only covers the slightly longer 506 line which follows an almost identical route, but also serves as the basis for attractive comparisons.
Mileage, energy consumption and CO2 emissions savings can even be called up in real time both on the Egenberger bus company’s website as well as on the site of the AVV public transport network.
Besides their talent as reliable endurance vehicles, the two eCitaro buses offer truly impressive safety and comfort equipment. Coloured LED strips mark the entrance on the outside and the exit on the inside.
Folding ramps at the doors facilitate access for passengers with limited mobility. Additional glazing on the sides of the vehicle underneath the beltline allows even more light than usual into the already welcoming interior.
Passengers sit on comfortable Inter Star Eco intercity seats with high backrests and leather-clad head restraints. Information is provided on three TFT monitors.
Long list of features
And for those passengers who prefer their own entertainment, the buses are equipped with numerous USB sockets for charging mobile devices and a Wi-Fi router with Internet connection.
Further protective measures include hand sanitiser dispensers and cashless payment of tickets in the bus. Plus, drivers benefit from additional support as the vehicles are equipped with all of the currently available assistance systems.
These include the active braking assistant Preventive Brake Assist and the Sideguard Assist turning aid. To facilitate the task of driving in inner-city traffic, the vehicles feature an electronically actuated speed limiter set at 53 km/h.
VinBus Ecology Transport Services Limited Liability Company officially opened and put into operation the first smart electric bus in Vietnam. The first electric bus lines will operate in Vinhomes Ocean Park (Gia Lam) while waiting for finishing the procedures to connect with the city’s public passenger transport system in the coming time.
VinBus is an electric bus model manufactured and assembled by VinFast at the Automobile Manufacture Complex in Hai Phong, converging many modern technologies with the smartest and safest features according to the developing strategy of current VinFast’s smart electric bus series.
As smart electric buses, VinBus provides passengers with an outstanding comfort and safe experience. The buses are equipped with the automatic system that controls the driver’s behavior and warns unsafe dangers, as well as automatic lowering mode which eases access for the elderly, children, the disabled, as well as pregnant women. There is also an electronic board which announces the upcoming stop, free WiFi, USB charging ports, entertainment monitors, and a security camera system.
VinBus owns a battery capacity of 281 kWh, capable of moving up to 220 – 260km. Buses can be quickly fully charged after only 2 hours at VinBus’s 150kW fast charging station system with the world’s leading charging technology provided by StarCharge.
All buses of VinBus will be managed and operated intelligently through centralized monitoring, charging, safety inspection, maintenance, repair, and automatic cleaning at Depot stations scientifically arranged according to VinBus’ primary lines.
The construction standard of the Depot stations is on a campus of more than 1 hectare, the roof equipped with solar panels, ensuring energy supply for Depot activities, contributing to reducing the pressure load of the power source for the national power system, environmental protection.
Firstly, VinBus will operate the internal line at Vinhomes Ocean Park, and with the approval of the state appropriate authority will open more bus lines to connect to the network and connect to the city’s public passenger transport system, serving a large number of people.
The Budget 2020 seems to take care of the common Malaysian and it starts right with toll charges. The Malaysian government will work with PLUS Malaysia Bhd which could see 18% discount on toll rates, saving some RM1.13 billion for users and RM43 billion until the end of concessions in 2038.
The Malaysian government has agreed to take over four Klang Valley inner city toll operators, which is Kesas, LDP, SPRINT and the Smart Tunnel. There will be no extension of the existing concessions.
Congestion charges will be introduced and toll rates reduced during off-peak hours.
The takeover of highways will not burden the government as the funding will come from the collection of congestion charges.
The government will standardise toll rates at the first and second Penang bridges and lower toll rate to just RM7.00.
If Sabah and Sarawak state governments wish to participate in targeted fuel subsidies, the federal government will accept their request. As it stands, both states will continue to enjoy ceiling rates of RM2.08 for RON95 and RM2.18 for diesel.
The government will implement the use of biodiesel B20 for the transport sector, starting from the end of 2020. Expected volume is 500,000 tonnes a year.
The government will allocate a healthy RM450 million for the purchase of 500 electric public buses to be used nationwide.
The government will proceed with Rapid Transit System (RTS) project between Johor Bahru and Singapore.
The government to ease congestion at the Singapore Causeway and 2nd Link, will invest RM85 million beginning 2020 towards enhancing vehicle and traffic flow through the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.
The government will open an additional 50 counters for motorcyclists.
More details will be shared tomorrow when we get the full report.
The first battery-electric driven series-production Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses have been in operation in public transport in Germany for several weeks now, with more electric buses to follow in the coming weeks.
The company has also received many first orders from neighbouring European countries like France and Poland.
However, there is not yet a universal demand for electric buses from the public transport companies. This might be because switching a conventional bus fleet to electric drive and ensuring the necessary infrastructure can be more complex than planned.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is not produced in a prototype workshop but on the same production line as all of the other city buses in the plant in Mannheim and has thus achieved production standard.
The eCitaro buses that will be available for testing in European cities are equipped with ten battery packages and a total capacity of 243 kWh as well as electric motors mounted close to the wheel hubs.
The thermal management optimised to the very last detail with battery cooling, air conditioning with a heat pump and connected components is a highlight in the world of bus construction.
These features ensure minimum energy consumption and in turn the highest efficiency and maximum range. The fact that the power consumption of an electric bus for heating and cooling can be as much as 50 percent is a challenge that in the main only bus specialists are aware of.
The complex chassis of electric buses is characterised by the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well as roll and pitch control, for example. Safety, efficiency and environmental conservation are all integral to the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro.
Volvo Buses has been awarded the contract to supply a fully electric bus to the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel. This will be the first electric bus to go into operation in Ireland and will provide an efficient and environmentally friendly service for passenger transfers at Dublin Airport.
An increasing number of countries are shifting to sustainable public transport and electrified city buses. Volvo Buses has been selected to deliver the first ever fully electric bus to Ireland.
The partners in the project are Volvo Buses, Crowne Plaza Hotel and energy company ESB. The bus will be deployed at the end of the year on a route which operates between the Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn Express and Terminals 1 and 2 at Dublin Airport.
In addition to being the first commercial electric bus to enter service in Ireland, it uses high power CCS combo 2 150kW plug-in charging. The bus is a single door 12m Volvo 7900 Electric with 200kW battery capacity, which will be recharged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Nick Page, Managing Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: “We’re really pleased that the 7900e has been chosen to provide services for these hotels in and around Dublin Airport and that it will be the first electric bus to enter operation anywhere in Ireland.”
“We’ve seen from experience with the 7900e the kind of contribution that can be made to improving air quality. In addition to the UK trials, it has been successfully tried and tested across Europe in countries including Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.“
In the UK, 8 fully electric Volvo buses are in operation in Harrogate. In all, Volvo has delivered more than 4000 electrified buses worldwide.
Volvo Buses, Göteborg Energi, Riksbyggen and Johanneberg Science Park are working together to examine electricity storage in apartment blocks that have their own electricity production via solar panels.
The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. Volvo Buses is taking part in a research project whereby used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units.
The research is taking place in Riksbyggen’s Viva housing cooperative in Gothenburg, an apartment complex that aims to be Sweden’s most innovative and sustainable housing project – Positive Footprint Housing. Tenants are just starting to move into their new apartments.
In Viva housing cooperative, Riksbyggen, Volvo, Göteborg Energi and Johanneberg Science Park have created a unique system whereby energy from solar panels on the roofs of the apartment buildings is stored in batteries that previously powered electric buses on route 55.
The energy warehouse is used to cut the property’s power consumption peaks, and to store or sell surplus solar energy. It can also be used to buy and store electricity from the national grid when it is cheap and green, for later use. This improves the efficiency of housing association Viva’s own energy system as well as that of the city’s power grid.
“We know that electric bus batteries have good potential for other applications such as energy storage after the end of their life in public transport. What we are examining here is exactly how good that potential is. Use of the batteries in an energy warehouse gives them an extended service life which in turn means better resource utilisation and less environmental impact. Here at Volvo we are examining various possibilities for the reuse of bus batteries for energy storage, and Viva is one such example,” says Ylva Olofsson, Project Coordinator at Volvo.
The battery warehouse consists of 14 used lithium-ion electric bus batteries. They are installed in a battery chamber and linked together to create a 200 kWh storage pack. This energy warehouse allows a larger proportion of Viva’s solar-generated electricity to be used for the housing association’s power needs.
The research of energy storage in used bus batteries is done with support from the EU project IRIS Smart Cities. IRIS is a Light House project, financed by EU HORIZON 2020.