Over the last few years, Shenzhen’s bus service has been transitioning to a 100 percent electric fleet. That process will be complete by the end of this year.
Shenzhen’s fleet of buses will be 100 percent electric by the end of 2017. There are already some 14,000 electric buses on the streets of Shenzhen, with only a few hundred diesel-powered stragglers left in commission, which will be phased out over the coming months.
BYD, the company responsible for about 80 percent of the city’s buses, started testing its electric vehicles in 2011. Back then, the space needed for their batteries occupied the space set aside for passengers, but massive improvements have been made since then. In 2016, BYD became the world’s biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, exporting its wares to over 200 cities across 50 different countries – more