Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Capital’s Mayor takes a spin on electric wheels

30 May 2014
Capital’s Mayor takes a spin on electric wheels

The Wellington business delegation to China led by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown hit the road when the Mayor took a spin in a new electric bus.

Mayor Wade-Brown met with representatives from the BYD Company to investigate electric bus opportunities for Wellington City.

Public Transport is a hot topic in the Capital with a proposal by Greater Wellington Regional Council to retire the trolley bus fleet and cable network, as part of a comprehensive review of the bus network.

Mayor Wade-Brown said the visit confirmed her view that fully electric buses are a viable form of transport for Wellington.

“Many Wellingtonians are committed to reducing transport emissions - both greenhouse gases and particulates.

“I'd like to see 100 percent of our public transport become electric,” she said. “The Regional Council's timetable must be flexible enough so we can go forward with low emission, quiet buses on all our routes.

“Today’s meeting with BYD and my test-drive on an electric bus showed our delegation that this type of vehicle would be a viable, future for our bus fleet. The buses we saw could either be charged on their journey or have the batteries swapped in and out and charged at night. They meet European safety standards.”

BYD Company was established in 1995, and specialises in automobiles, new energy and IT. BYD is the largest supplier of rechargeable batteries in the world, and leads the field of electric vehicles with unique technologies. In January 2010 BYD’s pure electric bus K9 was successfully developed.

BYD now employs more than 150,000 employees and has 10 industrial parks throughout China. It also has offices in USA, Europe, Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other regions.

BYD entered the auto industry in 2003 with the purchasing of Xi’an Tsinchuan Auto Co. BYD’s auto products and services include fuel and electric vehicles as well as auto moulding and auto parts manufacturing.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news