CLP is introducing Hong Kong’s first electric coach – known as an e-coach – in a green initiative to promote the wider use of environmentally-friendly transport. The arrival of the coach underscores CLP’s steadfast support for the government’s call for more electric vehicles (EVs) to improve Hong Kong’s air quality.
Powered solely by electricity, the 49-seat vehicle has a wealth of environmentally-friendly and energy-saving features. It produces zero emissions at street level, significantly improving roadside air quality compared to traditional diesel coaches. Having no diesel engine, it also generates less noise and heat, providing a smoother and greener travelling experience.
It is also more economical, with energy costs only 27 per cent of those of a diesel coach, and more energy efficient, converting 80 per cent of input energy compared to only 20 per cent in a diesel coach. Maintenance costs are also lower as it has no gear box or engine. After a three-hour fill-up at a quick charging station, the e-coach can run from 250 to 300 kilometres with its air-conditioning on, equivalent to four round trips between Mong Kok and Tin Shui Wai.
The e-coach will not only serve as a shuttle bus for employees but will also be used in a trial programme allowing business customers to take a ride on Hong Kong’s first e-coach and experience its environmental benefits first-hand. Staff and students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks and Caritas Hong Kong are among the first to join the programme, which aims to showcase the benefits of electric vehicles to a wider audience.
Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee, JP, Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Director of Environmental Protection, together with Mr Richard Lancaster, Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong officiated Hong Kong’s first e-coach launching ceremony.