nation’s first domestically manufactured electric bus was shown to
the public yesterd ay
at a seminar organized by the Environmental
Protection Administration (EPA) on technologies that reduce carbon
dioxide emissions from motor vehicles.
The bus is powered by a
Li-ion battery that can be fully charged within an hour and can travel
between 300km and 400km on each charge. The battery can be recharged
up to 5,000 times and the bus can travel at a speed of up to 100kph.
EPA Minister Stephen
Shen (沈世宏), reporters and several public bus operators were invited
to ride the bus. The ride went smoothly and was extremely quiet.
Shen said the electric
bus is sure to be in high demand, as the world is striving to conserve
energy and reduce carbon emissions.
He said that bus developer
PowerTech Auto Tech Corp (寶捷汽車) hoped to gain orders from overseas
PowerTech chairman Raymond
Tsai (蔡篤雄) said the bus is expected to pass safety tests this
year and go into mass production next year. Each bus costs approximately
NT$12 million (US$345,000), which is about twice as much as a diesel-powered
Meanwhile, the Directorate
General of Highways has proposed that highway bus operators be allowed
to raise ticket prices by approximately 20 percent as operational
costs have risen.