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  1. Zugzwang
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    14 Dec '18 01:23
    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/12/silence-shenzhen-world-first-electric-bus-fleet

    "Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity"

    "All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric,
    and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too."

    "Shenzhen Bus Group estimates it has been able to conserve 160,000
    tonnes of coal per year and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 440,000 tonnes.
    Its fuel bill has halved."

    "Although it remains expensive for cities to introduce electric buses
    – one bus costs around 1.8 million yuan (£208,000) – Shenzhen was
    able to go all-electric thanks to generous subsidies from both central
    and local government."

    "To keep Shenzhen’s electric vehicle fleet running, the city has built
    around 40,000 charging piles."

    "More than 30 Chinese cities have made plans to achieve 100%
    electrified public transit by 2020, including Guangzhou, Zhuhai,
    Dongguan, Foshan and Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta; and
    Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shaanxi and Shandong.

    But with central government planning to withdraw subsidies by
    2020, introducing electric buses elsewhere could be too expensive.

    There is also geography to consider. Shenzhen is fairly flat, but the
    hills of nearby Hong Kong have proven too much in trials of electric buses.
    Other cities in northern China have struggled with battery power in
    the extreme cold of winter."
  2. Standard memberwolfgang59
    Mr. Wolf
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    14 Dec '18 03:13
    Some idiot thumbed this down.

    I think it shows how forward thinking China is in stark contrast to USA.