Shenzhen is the symbol of China's massive drive to electrify its buses.
The cities of EE. UU They have begun to show some enthusiasm for electric buses. New York City is testing electric models as part of a larger offer to reduce emissions. And last month, Los Angeles announced it will spend $ 36.1 million on electric buses, part of the city's long-range plan for the transition to a zero-emissions fleet by 2030.
LA joins other cities that make big plans to adopt electric buses, which are quieter and cleaner and reduce carbon emissions in cities, including London and Paris, which committed to electricity by 2025.
Then, there is China and the city of Shenzhen. The metropolis of 12.5 million people made headlines last year as the first to operate a fully electric bus system. It is a significant achievement, especially considering the size of the city's fleet, which adds 16,359 vehicles, more than the combined number that operates in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, New Jersey and Chicago.
Shenzhen has become the emblem of China's electric bus momentum. With 385,000 electric buses, the country has 99 percent of the world's electric buses, and currently adds 9,500 zero-emission buses every five weeks, equivalent to the entire London bus fleet.
China's rapid embrace of new technology, which has gone from marginality to progressive thinking in less than a decade, shows the potential of the process of centrally controlled policies in the country. According to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute, WRI, China and specifically Shenzhen, strongly committed to a holistic approach, which has created an industrial and transit ecosystem that has elevated the country well ahead of the rest of the world.