Zhengzhou: About 50 buses powered by environment-friendly Li-ion battery will be put into service for the Beijing Olympics next year, setting a new record.
The buses will be used in three loop lines in the Olympic village, the northern area of arena and the press village, running a total distance of 10.4 kilometres for athletes and officials, an official said.
On request of the organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics which was committed to a green Olympics, vehicles using electric power are needed during the games, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission Zheng Jichun said.
All the 50 buses are solely powered by a kind of Li-ion battery which is different from various of existing hybrid electric vehicles, an electric car expert with Beijing Institute of Technology, Sun Fengchun said.
The institute launched the designing and research work of the electric bus in 2000 and has assembled seven model buses which have passed tests. Now it is ready for mass production, Sun was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
The organizing committee has also permitted the running routes and bus models, following electric vehicle’s debut in 1972 Munich Olympics when BMW provided two electric buses as the leading cars in athlete parade.
The 50 electric buses in Beijing Olympics would be the largest number of its kind in the Olympic Games, Sun said.
The Li-ion power battery is used in vehicles with a higher energy density, comparatively smaller cubage and longer span for repetitive use. Moreover, its high efficiency and zero-emission have made itself a major subject of battery research and development at home and abroad.