Chinese-Polish consortium to build electric buses

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Six electric vehicles are planned for development during the twoyear trial project in Poland

POLAND A Chinese electric vehicle consortium led by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) has signed agreements to help develop an electric bus network in Poland. Other members of the consortium are BIT subsidiary BIT Huachuang Electric Vehicle Technology, CITIC Guoan Mengguli Power Science and Technology and Shanghai Dianba New Energy Technology.

According to the agreements signed with Warsaw University of Technology and Polish power company Tauron Polska Energia, the Chinese group and Tauron will establish an electric vehicle public transport system in Poland in the first phase.

Six electric buses with a platform developed by Beijing Institute of Technology, including a power battery swapping system, a battery charging and discharging station, and an emergency service system, will be made for the two-year trial project in Poland.

Six charging and swapping stations will later be set up in five cities, with 780 purely electric buses in operation.

BIT Huachuang and Tauron will also seek to promote their jointly developed technology in other European countries.

As one of the earliest research units to develop a commercial purely electric vehicle power system platform, BIT has cooperated with more than 10 Chinese companies, including Foton, Yutong, Zhongtong Bus and GAC Group, to produce more than 2,000 electric commercial vehicles.

It has also worked with Beijing Public Transport Holdings, CITIC Guoan Mengguli and Beijing Dianba on the operation of electric buses at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Guangzhou Asian Games, and the Chinese government’s 10-city 1,000-electric vehicle programme.