Kunming Hybrid Event

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.

Sunwin colleague Hans Persson was caught in front of the Volvo bus after the Kunming hybrid event. The Sunwin plug-in range extended battery/diesel hybrid is partly seen behind the Volvo 7700 Hybrid.

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.

Fresh water tap at Kunming hotel

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.

Jogging in the morning at the Green Lake Park in Kunming

Note the ivory shade.

The result of the contest will soon be announced.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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2 Responses to Kunming Hybrid Event

  1. Opbrid says:

    Are there more plug-in hybrids there? How do they charge?


    • volvobuses says:

      Hello Roger!
      Yes, there are 10 000 new energy buses in china already.
      Most of them are self supplying but electric and plug-in is growing.
      Rough estimate is about 1000 of them.
      So far about 20-40 different systems are available.
      Ciao Edward

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