He­bei gets $219m e-bus unit

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By ZHONG­NAN and LIU WEIFENG in Zhuzhou, Hu­nan

Hu­nan CRRC Times Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Co Ltd, a Zhuzhou-based elec­tric ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer, will in­vest 1.5 bil­lion yuan ($219 mil­lion) to set up an elec­tric bus plant in He­bei province.

The in­vest­ment comes in re­sponse to surg­ing de­mand for such ve­hi­cles from Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei province.

The plant will be built in Shi­ji­azhuang, He­bei’s cap­i­tal. Site work will start next year. Upon com­ple­tion in 2018, it can pro­duce 15,000 elec­tric buses an­nu­ally, and will serve the province and neigh­bor­ing cities, in­clud­ing Bei­jing and Tian­jin.

Th­ese places have been wit­ness­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns re­lated to air pol­lu­tion and heavy use of cars.

Ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment on the Beij in g-Tian­jin-He­bei in­te­gra­tion and development pro­gram re­leased last year, break­throughs must be achieved in trans­porta­tion in­te­gra­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and in­dus­trial up­grad­ing in the re­gion dur­ing the 13th Fiveyear Plan pe­riod (2016-20).

CRRC TEV’s plant in Chang­sha cur­rently has a production ca­pac­ity of 5,000 units a year.

Es­tab­lished in 2007, CRRC TEV in­te­grates re­sources of China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp, the coun­try’s big­gest train man­u­fac­turer, for in­stalling rail­way trans­porta­tion elec­tric drives and con­trol tech­nol­ogy in newen­ergy ve­hi­cles.

Liu Yang, deputy gen­eral man­ager of CRRC TEV, said many lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the re­gion had al­ready built more charg­ing and ser­vice sta­tions to pro­mote the use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Elec­tric buses could of­fer a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to help the re­gion cut car­bon emis­sions, Lui said.

CRRC TEV so far has sold 12,000 elec­tric buses to both do­mes­tic and overseas mar­kets. It said th­ese buses could help cus­tomers cut run­ning costs com­pared with con­ven­tional units by be­tween 20 per­cent and 50 per­cent. The com­pany said it had also shipped over 20,000 sets of drive sys­tems and parts to for­eign mar­kets.

“In­dus­trial cities in He­bei and Shanxi prov­inces such as Tang­shan, Han­dan and Changzhi have all placed a large num­ber of or­ders for elec­tric buses with us to make progress in ur­ban air pol­lu­tion con­trol,” said Liu.

CRRC TEV said it would also es­tab­lish be­tween seven and 10 sales-and-ser­vice branches in South­east Asia, In­dia, Canada and the Mid­dle East over the next three years, as many coun­tries were keen to adopt elec­tric buses to fur­ther cut car­bon emis­sions and save on fuel costs.

It has al­ready ex­ported elec­tric buses and re­lated power sys­tems to Brazil, Canada and South­east Asian coun­tries over the past three years.

The com­pany has set an ex­port tar­get— to ship up to 20,000 elec­tric buses, all equipped with In­ter­net Plus tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices, to global mar­kets by 2020.

“Elec­tric buses can re­duce noise and vi­bra­tions through­out the whole ve­hi­cle while in op­er­a­tion, cre­at­ing a quiet driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for own­ers,” said Sun Fuquan, a re­searcher spe­cial­iz­ing in elec­tric ve­hi­cles at the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy for Development in Bei­jing.

Sun said such ve­hi­cles also greatly cut down the amount of volatile and or­ganic com­pounds needed dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, thereby min­i­miz­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and dam­age to hu­man health by im­prov­ing the air qual­ity in the ve­hi­cle.

In­dus­trial cities in He­bei and Shanxi prov­inces ... have all placed a large num­ber of or­ders.” Liu Yang, deputy gen­eral man­ager of CRRC TEV

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