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In A Global First, Seoul Puts Electric Buses Into Commercial Service

December 27, 2011: 09:46 AM EST

For the first time anywhere in the world, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has put environmentally-friendly full-size electric buses into commercial operation. The move, which will improve the city’s air quality, is the culmination of a one-and-a-half-year long project, and, according to SMG, puts the city in the lead with respect to large-sized electric vehicle technology. The buses’ high-capacity lithium–ion batteries can reach full charge in less than one-half hour, and they incorporate an energy-saving system that captures and reuses energy generated from braking. SMG initially replaced five gas-powered buses with the new electric buses, and plans to put 120,000 electric vehicles into service by 2020.

"Seoul Starts Operations of Electric Buses -- First in the World", PRNewswire-Asia , December 27, 2011, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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