Last week the local transport authority arranged its second hybrid benchmark contest. This time some 15 manufacturers took part. Volvo 7700 Hybrid was taking part but outside the contest.
Note the innocent ivory shade of the bus.
Sunwin, our bus joint venture in China also participated. Sunwin offers the following electric/hybrid buses in China:
-Fully electrical super capacitor bus (known from the Shanghai World Expo 2010)
-Fully electrical battery bus (known from the Shanghai World Expo 2010)
-Diesel electric hybrid bus
-“Plug-in” battery/hybrid bus with diesel range extender
For the contest Sunwin has chosen the plug-in bus.
After the contest last Sunday Sunwin/Volvo gave a half day seminars on energy efficient buses. The Volvo and the Sunwin hybrids were of course the main attractions.
Environmentally biased as I am, I noted an interesting detail in the bathroom at the hotel. A separate tap was installed for drinking water. In the long time perspective I suppose that this must be a favorable alternative to the endless number of plastic bottles that are used for water distribution
The Green Lake Park is if not the lung of the city at least a popular spot for morning joggers. I joined some hundred other joggers. Others were playing badminton or exercising traditional Chinese gymnastics.
Note the ivory shade.
The result of the contest will soon be announced.