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Visiting The Scene Of The May 1 Beijing Electric Bus Charging Station Fire

August 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

On the early afternoon of May 1 there was a huge fire at a electric-bus charging station at the Crab Island amusement park in Beijing. At least 55 buses burned out to the ground, another 20 buses partially burned down, and a dozen of charging poles completely burned to the black. I went to the area last week and found out that all the buses are still there. More videos and many photos below:

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Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

January 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

A beautiful dark blue Bova Futura bus, Spotted in China on a parking lot near a residential area in Dongba in the far far east of Beijing. The good and giant Bova was a bit bruised here and there but otherwise in a great shape.

The Bova Futura was a futuristic looking bus developed and built by the famous Dutch bus builder Bova, now part of the VDL Group. The Futura debuted in 1982 and it looked like a spaceship compared to other buses at the time.

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Spotted In China: Second Generation Toyota Coaster Deluxe

January 3, 2017 by Joey Wang

Spotted In China: Second Generation Toyota Coaster Deluxe

A beautiful old Toyota Coaster Deluxe minibus, Spotted in China in the far eastern wastelands of Beijing, where villages and villagers are still holding out. The good Coaster was abandoned and very dirty but not in an overly bad condition. A local told me it hadn’t been used since the Olympic Games, which was in back 2008.

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China’s Straddling Bus Company Starts Selling Commemorative Gold Coins

August 30, 2016 by W.E. Ning

China's Straddling Bus Company Starts Selling Commemorative Gold Coins

TebTech, the company behind the controversial straddling bus, has found a new way to earn a bit of extra cash;  they have opened a web shop selling commemorative gold coins, commemorating the test with the TEB-1 straddling bus. The company claims the coins have a “high investment and collection value”.

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Straddling Bus From China Actually Has Rubber Wheels

August 8, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Straddling Bus From China Actually Has Rubber Wheels

The TEB-1 Straddling bus is in trouble. Chinese state media are saying that it is unsafe, and that the company behind it has illegally raised money. But there is more. TEB, the company behind the bus, distributed the fancy news photos that all media have been using. But the reality looks a lot less fancy.

The biggest news: the TEB-1 doesn’t really run on rails. It runs on wheels. Rubber wheels. Like a… bus. The rubber wheel has a small wheel on each side. Those wheels don’t run on rails either, they run through gutters.

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China Starts Testing The Insanely Brilliant Traffic-Straddling Bus

August 3, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

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China has started a test with a possibly revolutionary straddling bus, also known as  the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB). The basic idea is that the vehicle straddles multiple lanes of traffic, moving over cars without any worries about traffic jams or other delays.

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Shanghai to use Gutter Oil as Fuel for Buses

May 29, 2013 by Joey Wang

Shanghai to use Gutter Oil as Fuel for Buses

Processed gutter oil is expected to be used as bus fuel within two years in Shanghai, as part of efforts to advance a circular economy and prevent recycled cooking oil from returning to the kitchen.

The Shanghai Municipal Food Safety Committee will cooperate with Tongji University and six businesses that process used cooking oil into biodiesel that can power vehicles, said Yan Zuqiang, the committee’s director, in an interview with a local news portal.

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BYD to open Bus Plant in the USA

May 6, 2013 by W.E. Ning

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Billboards along Southern California’s Antelope Valley Freeway read “Lancaster welcomes BYD”, heralding the opening of a bus factory by the Chinese maker of electric vehicles and batteries.

BYD Co on Wednesday became the first company from China to announce it will produce vehicles in the United States. It plans to build as many as 1,000 plug-in electric buses a year at a refurbished recreational-vehicle factory in the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster.

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More buses in Beijing to offer WiFi

March 25, 2013 by Joey Wang

More buses in Beijing to offer WiFi

More than 10,000 buses in Beijing will offer WiFi service by the end of 2013, Beijing Morning Post reported Friday.

The service followed a deal signed in April last year between China Mobile and Beijing Bus Transportation Group, which operates Beijing’s bus system and will provide coverage on all routes within the Fourth Ring Road.

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Spotted in China: VOLOV bus

February 6, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

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A strange bus seen from a taxi in the great city of Shanghai. Late at night on my way back to my hotel, and for a second I thought I drunk too much beer. But it  was real. This, is a VOLOV. Volvo sells and produces buses in China, I guess something went wrong in the factory…