(Yicai Global) Oct. 30 -- To facilitate the industry in exploiting the green transport market and improving air quality, the Hong Kong Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems Research and Development Centre, affiliated to Hong Kong Productivity Council, has developed the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and battery 16-ton electric front-end loader in Hong Kong, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The two R&D projects were reportedly sponsored by the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with an innovation and technology fund and by corporate partners. The prototype vehicles are on display in the International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection in Hong Kong, where it will undergo a series of road tests later.
The first 12-meter-long plug-in hybrid electric vehicle designed, developed and assembled in Hong Kong can charge while driving via a lithium titanate battery to satisfy the needs of passenger car service operators in a busy period. It saves more than 40 percent in fuel consumption over regular diesel sedans while losing over 70 percent of their emissions. Charging at a station greatly reduces consumption.
The electric 16-ton front-end loader is a zero-emissions alternative for the recycling industry. It is equipped with a passive battery equalization system, which prolongs battery life. Designed for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, it has a universal chassis applicable to various heavy-duty commercial trucks, such as garbage trucks and box trucks and is equipped with hill-start assisted control.