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HK must fast-track switch to electric buses

HK must fast-track switch to electric buses

Hong Kong has recently experienced record-breaking smog levels. The Environmental Protection Department said that roadside pollution in 2011 was the worst on record.

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 11:13am

Deaths 'not linked' to electric car design

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 to the electric vehicle's design, according to investigators.

But the lead expert on the investigation team said the incident had eroded confidence in the safety of electric cars generally.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Electric cars: the BURNING QUESTION

The drivers of Shenzhen's 300 electric taxis say they are finding passengers harder to come by following a deadly blaze in late May that was triggered by a rear-end collision.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK may put brakes on electric taxis

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 last month, killing three people in Shenzhen.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Safety roadblock for new-energy cars

There are only 330 electric cars running on a Hong Kong road network crowded with 600,000 drivers.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Accidents happen, even to electric cars

There is no greater potential blow to a burgeoning industry or technology than a fatal accident. The mainland electric carmaker BYD has been abandoned by some shareholders and the safety of its vehicles questioned after the three occupants of one of its taxis died in a fiery collision in Shenzhen.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nissan eyes mainland electric vehicle market

Hong Kong's compact urban setting might make it a perfect start-up point for the introduction of electric cars, but the mainland remains the ultimate goal for carmakers.

Nissan, which has drafted what some consider to be the world's most ambitious electric vehicle (EV) plan, says it hopes one day to become the nation's biggest EV supplier.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Three die as electric taxi explodes

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.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Carmakers group sees boost for green car sales

An industry group representing mainland carmakers expects the government to launch fresh incentives to help people buy green vehicles in the next few months, as part of efforts to create the market for the 500,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to be introduced by 2015.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Green vehicles going nowhere fast

China's electric-car revolution may be at risk of grinding to a halt.

Only one-tenth of the 500,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles its carmakers plan to produce by 2015 would be able to find a buyer on the mainland unless the central government rolled out supporting policies or extra incentives to boost sales, analysts said.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Drivers' seventh heaven

Toyota's hybrids seem increasingly sanctimonious about their fuel economy, and the name of its latest model, the Prius V, has an ecclesiastical ring to it.

Yet, the Japanese marque has good reason to believe the new seven-seater can win converts to its fuel-sipping technology.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sunny future for HK's car-cooling invention

A car air-conditioning system that runs on fuel-saving solar power is slowly gaining traction among firms and the government, with its Hong Kong makers saying the technology is unparalleled in the world.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Renault unveils its latest electric-powered sedan

Hong Kong may constitute just a small part of Asia's fast-growing car market, but carmakers such as Renault are eyeing the city's niche market for environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Renault yesterday unveiled the city's fourth wholly electric car amid growing demand for 'green' vehicles.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New, greener ways of motoring

Our junior reporters recently went to the Volkswagen theme park at the AsiaWorld-Expo. There, they test-rode two Volkswagen prototype vehicles and learned more about electric car technology. Here they tell us all about their experiences.

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14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Half Shenzhen's buses to be electric or hybrid

In a bid to become China's electric vehicle capital, Shenzhen has set a goal to replace more than 50 per cent of its combustion engine buses with electric or hybrid ones by 2015, a move that would reduce air pollution, especially of dangerous fine respirable particles.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am