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Hong Kong’s first electric bus goes up in flames

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Source: Coconuts HK/ On.cc

Youtube: Apple Daily

 

 

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Hong Kong’s first prototype electric bus costing a whopping HKD3.8 million went up in flames yesterday in a parking lot on the Yuen Long Industrial Estate. The fire department concluded that the fire was caused by a short circuit and an overheated battery. The bus was designed in Hong Kong but assembled in mainland China. (Cue angry finger wagging at the motherland) Scarily enough the vehicle had just passed extensive road tests and had been given the all-clear for commercial use, according to the SCMP.

 

The police were first notified at 5.30pm when a driver passing the parking lot noticed thick black smoke rising into the sky. The fire department managed to put out the flames by 6pm but there was no hope for the bus which was sadly reduced to a charred wreck. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Productivity Council, which designed and built the much-touted vehicle, expressed his astonishment (you’d certainly hope so) and said that the council would look into the matter.

 

Although the bus was designed in Hong Kong it was manufactured by council experts on the mainland and underwent nine months of testing in Chongqing and Dongguan prior to its arrival here. The diddly vehicle was just 11.75m long and weighed a mere 12.5 tonnes, 10 percent less than its petrol counterparts. Cute, when it's not acting as an impromptu death chamber. The project, funded by the government’s Innovation and Technology Fund and Green Dynamic had been ongoing for almost two years. What a flaming disaster!

Edited by johnwai82

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I'm just glad that nobody was serious hurt in the fire! Shame that the prototype bus burst into flames as it would have been a very good alternative to standard fossil fueled public transport.

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I am just glad one one was on that bus when it burst into flame!!! No one is hurt.. yes they lost a lot of $$ but then they should hold the manufacture liable and make them pay for some of the damage!

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That's just bad PR. It's fine when under going testing but after the delivery it spontaneously combusts.

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It suprises me how expensive the bus is - HKD3.8 million is a lot of money. Its been a expensive disaster which will be more than the HKD3.8 million of the bus itself ie the time and cost of design and testing etc. They now have to spend money on the investigation of why it burst into flames and why the problem was not detected in the first place. The incident is also costly as people would be wary to travel in them even when they have identified the problem and if and when they are rolled out and used for the general public.

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I would suspect sabotage from the petrol community.....What do you expect from items made in China?

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that is not good. hopefully the manufacturer will investigate this incident and find out the cause of the fire incident on the bus.

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Extremely relieved to note that this fault surfaced whilst on testing and not during commercial use. Luckily no one was hurt. Hopefully they will delve into the cause and prevent it from recurring. 

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