Following 380 CNG buses were put into operation in Changzhou on July 1, another public bidding event in the industry, the bid invitation activities for Shijiazhuang's 400 CNG buses were concluded and Dandong Huanghai won the purchase order of all 400 CNG buses.
This batch of buses will totally apply Euro-III natural gas large carrier vehicle model, and the main colors are uniformly red and silver gray. In which, 12-m and 13.7-m buses apply the advanced gas electronic control system and CAN technology, realizing the digitalization control of all electric devices in the vehicle; the engine compartment is equipped with fire extinguishing bombs, further improving the safety performance. 13.7-m buses apply air bellows, reducing the vehicle body's vibration frequency and improving the riding comfort level; automatic gearboxes and disk brakes are used to best lower the drivers' working intensity. Meanwhile, such changes are made as the 2 seats plus 2 seats for the middle gate inside of compartment later, and height of floor in back aisle in the compartment is lowered, and the net height of the back aisle reaches 1.85 m, making passengers feel more comfortable. 10-m buses use the side tone, front engines, and fuel/natural gas vehicles; after the improvements, the floor in front compartment is made even and more safety is achieved. LED bulletins are added with a more striking vision. Three types of vehicles' circuits apply antiflaming wires, the interior decorative materials in the compartment apply quality fire retardant materials, which can effectively preclude the spontaneous combustion of vehicles; emergency switches are added inside and outside of bus door and within the drive zone, meanwhile emergency safety hammers are installed in the vehicle, further improving the riding safety and reliability. The facilities in the compartment are humanized, the exiting door uses three-column handrail and all handrails in the vehicle are mounted with rubber cold-proof cover, which makes passengers' grabbing more comfortable. This batch of new buses takes the lead among other buses nationwide in respect of configuration and application of new technology.
In recent years, upholding the tenet of servicing people and contributing to society, and taking the publicly satisfactory standard, Shijiazhuang Public Transport Corporation has made great contributions to the city people through making changes within three years. Currently there are 3,181 vehicles in use and 174 operating lines in Shijiazhuang, the average passenger carrying capacity per day exceeds 1.4 million, the annual passenger transport volume exceeds 500 million. Meanwhile, Shijiazhuang has become the model and benchmarking city on the selection of buses and their grade in Central Plain where the priority is given to the development of city public transportation. With the application of this batch of 400 CNG buses, the number of CNG environmental protection buses in Shijiazhuang will be expected to reach 2,500, accounting for more than 70% of the total. Residents' riding will be green, environmental and comfortable, and the city image will also be further improved.