Driver-less electric buses to begin testing in New Taipei City

Driver-less electric buses will begin plying a 1.2 kilometer route in Tamsui District, New Taipei City tomorrow, April 24, but passengers will not be allowed on board for the first month. Road markings and signage has been completed and the road test will be launched to collect operational information and public opinions. After the first month of testing, a further 6-month-long testing period with passengers will begin. The trial route will connect Tamsui Light Rail Kanding Station with New Square

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Chiayi City rolls out retro-style electric buses

A fleet of new retro-British-style electric buses was unveiled in Chiayi City today, with four colors to ply four routes starting in June this year. “It’s really amazing,” Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui gushed, adding that the buses were a form of mobile art that will enhance urban aesthetics. The fleet consists of 10 regular buses and 12 minibuses colored in red, yellow green and blue. The green buses will begin plying the Zhongshan line in June, with the rest

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Taiwan’s First Articulated, Low-deck, Electric Buses in Service

Articulated, Low-deck, electric buses started trial operations in Kaohsiung today, October 24, and are free to the public during the trial period up to October 31. The Kaohsiung City Transportation Bureau said the trial period will be used to assess the public’s acceptance of the vehicles and evaluate the feasibility of using the buses on major routes. The 18 meter long buses are manufactured by Taiwan company Leon Energy (力歐新能源公司) and utilize Lithium titanate batteries, allowing much faster charging than

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Driverless Electric Buses to Debut in Kaohsiung, 2017

Driverless electric buses will ply a route around Kaohsiung’s Hamaxing District in October next year, when Kaohsiung City hosts EcoMobility World Festival 2017. The district will be closed to private vehicles for the month of October, as Kaohsiung City, and exhibitors from around the world showcase environmental and people-friendly forms of urban transportation. The French-made NAVYA ARMA is a driverless electric vehicle that can accommodate up to 15 passengers and travel up to 45 kilometers per hour, while avoiding obstacles

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Electric Buses Brought into Service in Hualien

Seven electric buses have been put into service in Hualien on the National Dong Hwa University and Taroko Gorge National Park routes. Three more units are expected to be added to the fleet before the end of the year. The buses were put to the test by being driven from the west coast to Hualien. The buses left a factory in Miaoli County, and were driven via the National Highway and the notorious Suhua Highway. The Suhua Highway offers spectacular

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Tainan’s Electric Buses Not as Environmentally Friendly as You Think

Residents in Tainan met local government representatives to protest against the Tainan City Transport Bureau’s use of diesel powered generators at a bus charging station next to their homes. Residents who live in the vicinity of the charging station in the Anping District complained that the diesel generators emit diesel fumes and an ear-splitting noise. The Tainan City Government rolled out the buses after a ceremony March 22, where Mayor William Lai praised the buses as part of the government’s

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Tainan City’s First Electric Bus Service

Tainan City officials launched the city’s first electric bus service yesterday, March 22, 2016. Nine electric buses will service the new 11 kilometer route at 20-30 minute intervals. The route covers Tainan Train Station, National Cheng Kung University, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, shopping districts, and the Anping historical district. Mayor William Lai expressed the hope that eventually all gasoline buses servicing the 108 bus routes in the city will be replaced by electric buses. A Department of Transport spokesperson

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