THE DI­REC­TOR OF KMB DIS­CUSSES DIRTY VE­HI­CLE LEG­IS­LA­TION AND THE PROSPECT OF ELEC­TRIC BUSES

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

“THIS NEW LEG­IS­LA­TION WON’T AF­FECT KMB AT ALL, AS WE USE EURO V EN­GINES ON 100 PER CENT OF OUR BUSES. WE HAVE AL­WAYS BEEN RIGHT ON THE CUT­TING EDGE OF TECH­NOL­OGY. I CAN’T SPEAK FOR THE OTHER TRANS­PORT COM­PA­NIES, BUT WE ARE US­ING THE BEST VE­HI­CLES IN THE WORLD AND THERE IS NOTH­ING WE CAN DO TO IM­PROVE THINGS. IF THE GOV­ERN­MENT WANTS TO CLEAN UP THE AIR, THEY SHOULD DO SOME­THING ABOUT IT THEM­SELVES; ALL THE OLD SUR­VEY­ING AND RUBBISHCOLLECTION VE­HI­CLES THAT BE­LONG TO THE GOV­ERN­MENT ARE THE ONES PRO­DUC­ING THE MOST EMIS­SIONS.

“WE DE­VEL­OPED A BUS WITH [ELEC­TRIC VE­HI­CLE COMPANY] BYD, WHICH DIDN’T WORK. WE HAVE BEEN DRIV­ING IT FOR A YEAR AND WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH ITS PER­FOR­MANCE. THERE ARE NO DOU­BLE-DECKER ELEC­TRIC BUSES IN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND WE CAN­NOT USE ANY­THING LESS THAN DOU­BLE-DECK­ERS BE­CAUSE WE DON’T WANT TOO MANY VE­HI­CLES ON THE ROAD. BAT­TER­IES CAN­NOT SUPPORT SUCH HEAVY VE­HI­CLES. THE TECH­NOL­OGY DOESN’T EX­IST. I THINK A FULLY RO­BOTIC BUS WILL COME MUCH EAR­LIER THAN A FULLY ELEC­TRIC BUS.”

WIL­LIAM LOUEY

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