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Monday, December 14, 2015, 10:15

Fire guts HK$4m green bus prototype

By Timothy Chui / chinadailyasia.com
Fire guts HK$4m green bus prototype
In this Oct 26 file photo, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Chairman Stanley Lau Chin-ho (left) and Andrew Yung, chairman and CEO of Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle, pose in front of the first locally developed electric bus in Hong Kong. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG - A short circuit caused the city’s electric bus prototype worth nearly HK$4 million to catch fire Sunday weeks ahead of the model’s production run.

The bus, designed in the city and built on the mainland, caught fire shortly before 5:30 pm at its Fuk Hi Street Yuen Long depot.

Firefighters could extinguish the blaze only after it had gutted the prototype, which recently passed road and safety tests.

Authorities traced the source of the blaze to a short circuit and overheated battery.

Bus project proponent, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, expressed shock, pledging an investigation into the battery fire.

The two-year project jointly funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund and Hong Kong-listed China Dynamic was expected to begin rolling out production models by early next year.

Plans for sale may be delayed now, however early teething problems for Tesla’s electric private cars have not stopped the US company from shipping more than 90,000 units of its Model S car as of October this year.

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