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Electric shuttle buses to serve Hebei airports

A newly-developed pure electric-powered shuttle bus. [Photo/Xinhua]

Hebei airports are set to reduce their carbon footprints by switching to operating electric shuttle buses with Zhengding International Airport in the city of Shijiazhuang pioneering the efforts, Xinhua reported on April 27.

The electric-powered shuttle bus, which has been designed by a Langfang-based company, a prefecture-level city in Hebei province, is perfectly suited for operating at airports. The vehicles are 14 meters long, 3 meter wide, and have a capacity of more than 120 passengers.

A key feature of the shuttle bus is the battery strength with the new designs capable of travelling more than 240 miles on a single battery charge, enough for 20 airport circuits. Both the capacity and the battery strength of the new shuttle buses exceed currently existing Chinese models.

Staff members from the Langfang-based company responsible for the new electric shuttle buses inspect the vehicles on April 26. [Photo/Xinhua]

As Yang Dongsheng, the technical department manager of the shuttle bus manufacturer, recently explained electric buses represent a more environmentally friendly transport option for airports. The buses don’t emit carbon dioxide and use 30 percent less energy than traditional diesel vehicles. Yang went on to add that the Langfang-based company can customize vehicles for a variety of purposes.

The first batch of the electric shuttle buses are already off the production line and China’s civil aviation administrators have selected six airports to carry out trial runs. Over the coming years the sight of electric buses shuttling passengers between airport terminals is expected to become commonplace.

This staff member charges the pure electric-powered shuttle bus on April 26. [Photo/Xinhua]

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