Hong Kong launches electric bus in drive against pollution
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's first battery-powered public bus took to the streets on Monday as part of a drive against the city's choking pollution.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying has pledged to make pollution one of his top priorities during his five-year term, with an official report saying it was the "greatest daily health risk" to the city's residents.
The new single decker bus was manufactured by Chinese automaker BYD and is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries that take three hours to charge and give the vehicle a range of about 180 kilometres.
The same company produced the southern Chinese city's first electric taxis, which were launched in May.