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  1. Safety roadblock for new-energy cars

    Posted Jun 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the cars' powerful batteries from the risk of fire or explosion. The crash last month in Shenzhen involving a BYD electric car that resulted in three deaths has thrown a spotlight on the suitability ... Volt electric cars caught fire in a lab test after being damaged. But the BYD crash was the first time someone was killed in such an accident. Chan Ching-chuen, former head of the electrical ...

  2. Electric-car safety tests faulted

    Posted May 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... severe real-life crashes. Wang Zidong, who is in charge of car-battery testing at the China North Vehicle Research Institute, told the Economic Information Daily that collision tests for mainland-made electric car batteries were only conducted at speeds between 40km/h and 70km/h and that manufacturers had not considered crashes at speeds in excess of 100km/h. A witness was quoted ...

  3. Crash exposes parapet built of weeds

    Posted Jan 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com A car accident has revealed that a concrete parapet on top of a dam on a tributary of the Yangtze River in Taizhou, Jiangsu, is filled with weed stems rather than steel reinforcing bars. Jiangsu Satellite TV reported that a 48-year-old man died after he lost control of his car, smashed through the barrier and plunged into the icy river near ...

  4. Accidents happen, even to electric cars

    Posted Jun 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... needs to be done to improve the reputation of electric cars and the 'Made in China' brand. The taxi exploded and caught fire after being struck by a speeding sports car, prompting ... vehicle market. But the exact circumstances and whether this was the cause may never be known, making the rush to point fingers wrong. It also ignores the reality that it is not rare for cars ...

  5. Damage from collisions can be minimised with precautions

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As humankind invents and uses new ways to travel, the danger of collisions increases. We are only too familiar with the deadly effects of road vehicles crashing into pedestrians, or into each other. I notice that these days few designs of car have adequate rubber-faced bumpers, which help limit the damage if a collision does occur. And many lorries have sharp projections ...

  6. Deaths 'not linked' to electric car design

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... electric car industry. Wu was the lead expert of the panel investigating the May 26 crash in which the e6 electric taxi travelling at 80km/h burst into flames three seconds after the sports car ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com The blast and deaths following the collision of a BYD e6 electric car with a Nissan GTR sports car in Shenzhen in late May were not directly linked ...

  7. 14 pupils killed as truck plunges into stream

    Posted Dec 28th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... than 20 were injured in a pile-up involving more than 100 vehicles on an expressway in Guizhou's Zunyi county. The pile-up was triggered when a truck crashed into a roadside petrol station ...

  8. HK may put brakes on electric taxis

    Posted Jun 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... until Beijing released its findings on the accident. On May 26, a sports car crashed into a BYD e6 electric taxi at high speed, ramming it into a tree. The electric car caught fire and three ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com The Hong Kong government is seeking to tighten the standard of electric vehicles imported into the city after an accident sparked a fire in a BYD electric car ...

  9. Three die as electric taxi explodes

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Chiyuk.choi@scmp.com A fatal road accident in Shenzhen at the weekend has raised concerns about the safety of electric cars developed on the mainland amid an ongoing central government push for them to be more widely used. At about 3am on Saturday, a speeding sports car rear-ended a BYD E6 electric taxi, causing the cab to catch fire, killing the driver and two ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Chance to host Formula E electric car race missed as pollution soars

    Posted Mar 10th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... car race snubbed as air pollution soars As pollution levels approached the worst ever recorded in Hong Kong, the government has snubbed a bid to bring one of the world's most ... also made public its preliminary list of eight cities selected to host races next year- omitting Hong Kong. The races will feature cars powered exclusively by electric energy. Hong Kong had ...




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