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    Kaohsiung City Has Nation's Largest Fleet of Electric Buses with 95 Vehicles - All Buses in the City Go Electric by 2030 Print
    • Publishing Date:2018-08-20~2019-01-31
    • Update Time:2018-08-20 09:37
    • Clickthrough Rate:25
    • Publishing Unit:Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government

    [Kaohsiung News] "Largest Fleet in the Nation!" Kaohsiung City is committed to the promotion of making a low-carbon environment, and now has 95 electric city buses, the highest number in the nation. As of July of this year (2018), GBus' electric buses total driving mileage broke one million kilometers. Not only that, the city will also have all city buses be electric by 2030.
    On July 27, the Transportation Bureau held the "Kaohsiung the Green Pioneer, Driving Onward to a Bright Future" press conference to show the terrific results of the city's push to promote low-carbon, green public transportation. Kaohsiung Mayor Hsu Li-Ming stated that the 95 electric buses make up 9.4% of the 1010 buses in the city's fleet, the highest number in the nation. There are seven public bus companies in the city, and of those with electric buses 68 belong to GBus, 14 to South Taiwan Bus, 11 to the Kaohsiung Bus Group, and 2 to Han-Cheng Bus Traffic Co. The city government will continue to encourage public transport system operators to replace their current diesel fuel buses with electric models, as well as to make all buses be wheelchair accessible by 2025 and all electric by 2030. Building these low-carbon transportation tools is one step in the city's pursuit of sustainable urban development.
    Former Minister of Transportation Tan Ho-Chen discussed how the Kaohsiung City government has passionately promoted a consistent public transport system for its citizens. In addition to the city's various green initiatives, the city also has the highest number of electric buses in the nation. Moreover, GBus' electric buses have already driven more than one million kilometers. This means that electric buses are complementary to the industry's development. The city's variety of public transportation options also means that citizens can let go of their personal forms of transportation and happily switch to public transportation. Minister Tan Ho-Chen also suggested the development of tourism-driven transportation, allowing for mass transit options to become synonymous with sightseeing. This will directly connect the public with tourists, helping them better understand Taiwan's local culture.
    Minister Tan Ho-chen stated that after electric buses have been "born", so to speak, they must then be "raised". He suggested that the central government broaden the production of domestically made electric buses that are compliant with international standards so as to quicken their development.
    Chen Ching-Fu, Director-General of the Transportation Bureau, stated that by the end of this year (2018), Kaohsiung City's fleet of electric buses will reach 110 vehicles. With an annual replacement rate of 75 diesel buses for electric buses, 50% of the city buses will be electric by 2023, 70% by 2026, and 100% by 2030.
    Gbus Chairperson Lai Wen-tai believes that a total switch over to electric buses by 2030 is quite achievable. This is due to electric buses meeting two major maintenance issues, lowered costs and satisfying operations scheduling. Each electric bus costs NT$1 million less than their diesel counterparts to purchase, and their equivalent fuel costs are also NT$7/kg lower.
    The Transportation Bureau said that Kaohsiung City has recently been utilizing fast-charging electric low-floor buses, which only require 15 minutes to charge. When driving, the interior of the bus is quiet. It lowers pollution, and has received praise from passengers. A student surnamed Li said "It's so quiet! There was no sound at all! But most importantly, I couldn’t smell any exhaust. I was really happy during my ride." An office worker named Mr. Chen said "There's no smell of exhaust. The floor was nice and low to the ground when I got on and off, and the interior was roomy, letting slower moving elderly people ride worry-free."
    The Transportation Bureau reminds riders using electronic stored value cards that they can continue to enjoy the fantastic discount offers of unlimited two-bus types in one day passes, highway bus prices having a maximum of NT$60, low bus-to-subway transfers of NT$3, monthly bus passes for only NT$479 (NT$399 for students), as well as the summer break offer of free rides for Kaohsiung City Child iPass Card holders. Not only that, currently purchasers of monthly city bus passes will receive a limited, free bonus oBike ride. Use the "Kaohsiung iBus" app on your phone to get accurate, real-time bus information and shorten your waiting time. For more information, please check the Transportation Bureau's webpage at www.tbkc.gov.tw or visit the Kaohsiung Public Transportation Facebook fan page “Kaohsiung Public Transportation Young Dreamers ”.
    (Executive unit: Transportation Bureau, Public Transportation Department Section Chief Huang Xin-ke, 0963-111812)

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