Two years ahead of schedule, Shenzhen, China has unveiled a massive fleet of 16,000 electric buses for 12 million people
Electric transportation is becoming a staple of this decade and will impact the way we travel for years. An electric vehicle is no longer just a novelty reserved for the eccentric. Thanks to efforts made by the likes of Elon Musk and his team at Tesla, the world of vehicles is far more accessible and efficient for businesses and individuals.
The electric revolution has caught steam across the world. Both businesses and governments understand not only the economic value that an electric vehicle offers but the obvious environmental benefits too. Your daily commutes could become electric too, and this is no more apparent than in Shenzhen, China.
16,000+ electric buses ready to go
Like a proud mother, Shenzhen unveiled its massive new electric bus fleet to the world. A project that has taken years to complete has been recently completed, totaling an impressive 16,000 electric buses, two years ahead of schedule.
Already boasting one of the world's largest bus fleets, the 16,358 electric buses will serve 12 million Chinese citizens. The new fleet will come with 8,000 charge points at 510 stations in order to charge half the fleet at any given time. Estimates state the new electric fleet could save as much as 345,000 tones of fuels per year and could reduce carbon dioxide emission by 1.35 million tons.
The electric changes will not stop here for the people of Shenzhen. Zheng Jingyu, head of the public transport department in Shenzhen states, "We will gradually replace the existing fuel-powered cabs with electricity-powered ones and complete the target by 2020, or even ahead of schedule".
Electric vehicles have grown over the last year. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has estimated that the sales grew 60 percent worldwide and by 2040, 35 percent EV purchase will contribute to the overall automotive market. Why is this happening?
Besides the rising popularity of electric vehicles, there are other major reasons why EV are so appealing to companies and governments. Some of these factors include the cost of batteries for EVs dropping quickly, the range of electric cars increasing tremendously, and the global imperative to cut carbon pollution and oil dependency.
Elon Musk says it perfectly, "By definition, we must move towards renewable energy," Musk said. "How can people argue against that? To argue that is to say that eventually we will run out of energy and die or civilization will collapse."
How will EV vehicles change the world? Were you impressed with the Shenzhen fleet?