…fully charged in 10 seconds
By Sadiq Umar
Nigeria’s crude oil export may be further threatened as the world’s fastest charging electric buses, with a battery that takes just 10 seconds to be fully charged, have been launched in China.
The latest technology that would further reduce demand for fuel, was put into operation for the first time in Ningbo, East China on Tuesday.
Even as crude oil export remains
Xinhua News Agency reports that the bus operates a 11-km route with 24 stops in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, local transport authorities said.
“In the next three years, a total of 1,200 such buses will be used for public transport in the city, where the electric bus plant is located.” it said.
Nigeria relies heavily on China for the purchase of its crude oil, her main source of revenue, after the United States cut its crude demands from the Africa’s largest economy last year.
The bus recharges while stationary or while passengers get on or off, and each charge enables the bus to run for least five kilometers, according to Zhou Qinghe, president of Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, a subsidiary of high-speed train maker CRRC.
“In addition, the bus, which rolled off production line in April, consumes 30 to 50 percent less energy than other electric vehicles.
“The capacitor can be charged one million times and has a 10-year life cycle,” the report added.