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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began testing a new electric bus built by Chinese automaker BYD.
New York City has started testing an electric bus by Chinese automaker BYD in a move to eventually reduce the 50 million gallons of diesel fuel its 5,700 buses use each year. The test run is scheduled to last two months and then the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will evaluate if the bus meets the city's needs, according to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.
The bus will have to face "the twin challenges of operating in the stop and go traffic of Manhattan while maintaining high levels of passenger comfort and operational performance," according to a statement on the MTA website. The bus needs a four-hour charge to be ready for service, and it can go approximately 150 miles on a single charge, which is being tested under New York City conditions with the pilot run, Ortiz said.
A BYD electric bus costs approximately $850,000, Ortiz said, compared to the $400,000 for a regular diesel bus.
The bus was manufactured by Shenzhen-based BYD, which stands for "Build Your Dreams" and is backed by investment giant Warren Buffett. In April, BYD was awarded a $12.1-million contract with California's Long Beach Transit Authority to produce 10 zero-emission, all-electric buses, and then in July, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on announced a contract with BYD for the manufacture and delivery of up to 25 all-electric buses.
The BYD contract contains a local jobs component in which final assembly will take place at its new plant in Lancaster, California, the international firm's first manufacturing facility in the United States. In August, BYD said that its net profit increased 25 times in the first half, as its three core businesses in the vehicle, cell phone and new energy sectors all saw strong growth. The growth comes after the company reported net profit slumped 94.15 percent year-on-year to 81 million yuan in 2012, the lowest level in at least four years. The strong performance was the result of the company's efforts to gradually improve the technology, quality and branding of its products in the past three years, the report said. Even though BYD made its name in the global automotive market with leadership in the electric-vehicle segment, analysts said the company's business will mainly depend on vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines, which contributed more than half of the company's total profits. BYD Motors President Stella Li has said the company expects to produce 50 buses a year by 2015 and to continue increasing production, with the intention of reaching the plant's capacity of 1,000 buses annually within two decades. Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Located just a 15-minute-walk away from World Trade Center, Chinatown suffered after September 11 as much of Lower Manhattan was closed off for months.
I wondered if longtime residents who got priced out of Chinatown had moved to another part of the city.
Other people have taken the opposite approach and adopted a satellite existence, with New York City in the center.


How far away do they go, I asked Tom, thinking maybe people found restaurant jobs in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Though more expensive, Ortiz said he anticipates the electric bus will be more cost-efficient to run.
After testing and evaluation, the transit agency could then choose to buy up to 20 additional buses.
It plans to build as many as 1,000 plug-in electric buses a year in the Mojave Desert city.
The buses will be powered by BYD's iron-phosphate batteries, which will be manufactured at another plant near the Lancaster bus factory. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos offer peeks into what happened around the globe this week. A Palestinian boy writes on a shrapnel riddled blackboard at the heavily damaged Sobhi Abu Karsh school in Gaza City on August 5, 2014. On August 6, 2014, Ding Fei sits on the debris of his four-story hotel after a deadly earthquake hit Zhaotong, in China's Yunnan province. Indian villagers make their way through floodwaters in Kakharubasta village on August 7, 2014 as flooding in the eastern Orissa state affected thousands.
A couple attends a kissing competition during Chinese Valentine's Day on August 3, 2014 in Kunming, Yunnan province of China. A woman crosses over a trench made from a massive gas explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on August 1, 2014. Officials inspect the driver's section of one of the two double-decker buses which collided together in Times Square, New York City on August 5, 2014. A zoo worker looks at a newborn River Terrapin on display at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok on August 8, 2014. A nurse wears protective clothing as he demonstrates the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in north London on August 6, 2014, in preparation for a patient testing positive for the Ebola virus.
Iraqi Christians who fled violence in the village of Qaraqush rest upon their arrival at the Saint-Joseph church in the Kurdish city of Arbil, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 7, 2014.
On August 4, 2014, villagers hike to evacuate from the their homes after a landslide in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal. So on weekends, my parents would drag us all the way down to Chinatown to shop for produce and fish. Taking the 1 train all the way to lower Manhattan took forever, and when we arrived at our destination, the sidewalks were dirty, smelly and loud.


With police blockades everywhere, pedestrians and tourists were driven away and restaurants and stores started going out of business. Much less shouting in Cantonese these days, anyway, since most of the recent arrivals are from Fujian province (rather than Guangdong, like previous immigrants), as Ben Ross notes.
Real estate prices have gone up, making apartments expensive for the neighborhood’s residents, nearly a third of whom have a household income below $17,000. Tom, who grew up on Avenue C, now develops affordable housing as the executive director of the Downtown Manhattan Community Development Corporation. It’s gotten so expensive to live in New York that people are taking jobs in other states, and then heading back to New York for their days off. And then, when Tuesday night rolls around, they hop on a bus, headed back to a random town in the middle of a far-away state. I think part of the problem is a lack of understanding or recognition by city officials of what goes on in the neighborhood; either that or they simply turn a blind eye to the myriad violations and ways in which hard working immigrants are stuck living in quite perilous living conditions. I read your post on sun umbrellas, and I have to confess that I started using them in Hong Kong; the sun was so strong sometimes it actually hurt my skin!
They brought chowmein to Calcutta, India, “became black” in South Africa, and are remaking fast fashion in Prato, Italy. A BYD electric bus started operation in Tel Aviv last month, and fleets of electric taxis were launched in Bogota and Hong Kong, in September and May, respectively. Even today, Park Row, where the city’s police headquarters is located, remains closed, a lingering sore spot for local residents, who sometimes have to show identification papers to police officers. Young professionals have moved in (check out apartment rental prices on Craigslist), creating the kind of culture clashes that have always made New York City exciting, if not always pleasant for everyone.
These days, there’s so much competition for jobs that people have to go farther than ever. I’m a Chinatown resident, transplanted from SoCal, and a fourth generation Chinese American (half). The streets were always packed with shoppers, families, tourists, food carts, hawkers selling I Love New York tee-shirts, workers wheeling in boxes of deliveries — really, you could hardly find your way through without doing some pushing.



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