China rolls out first pure electric buses in Beijing

Dawood Rehman 05:54 PM | 23 Oct, 2017
China rolls out first pure electric buses in Beijing
BEIJING - The first batch of ten completely electric buses, complete with automatic PM 2.5 filtration equipment, has taken to the roads of Beijing.

Developed by the Beijing Public Transport Group, each of the 18-metre-long vehicles deployed on Beijing's Bus Line 1 contains a highly safe and stable lithium-titanate battery pack which can run for a maximum of 130 kilometres on just a 15-minute charge, the reports.

Noticeably, the buses all have blended bionic dolphin modelling as part of their exterior design, which is designed to increase energy efficiency, and PM2.5 purifiers that are able to greatly enhance air quality within the vehicles.

PM 2.5, or fine particulate matter, is a major air pollutant which causes the smog that envelops the northern part of China during autumn and winter.

According to a previous report, the Beijing Public Transport Group announced in August that it would increase the number of pure electric buses in the city from the current 1,000 to 10,000 by 2020, in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions and reduce poisonous PM2.5 particles.

Beijing has issued a series of so-called red alerts to notify residents that smog is dense enough to warrant a health risk.

According to the World Health Organization, Chinese President Xi Jinping has put health at the forefront of government policy, however. The president last year put his signature on the Paris climate agreement and a regional assessment from consultant group Frost & Sullivan said it will be the Asian economies that lead the world in adopting clean energy technology.

A campaign led by North American, European and Asian powers aims to drive the sale of electrical vehicles higher under a plan outlined at a June clean-energy conference in Beijing. Leaders there set a goal of 30 percent new electrical vehicle sales by 2030.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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