It looks like even our public transport can barely stand the heat. At approximately noon yesterday, a section of the number 825 bus spontaneously combusted near Zhongshan Park (中山公园) in the Changning district (长宁区) of Shanghai. The incident occurred at 999 Changning Road (长宁路) while the bus was stationary and parked by the roadside. No passengers were on board the bus when the fire broke out, according to eyewitnesses. The fire was extinguished by 12:45 pm.
The vehicle in question was one of Shanghai’s Ultra-Capacitor buses (电容公交), a concept bus which recharges its on-board battery at bus stops, an improvement on traditional trolley buses which require a complex network of cables hovering over city streets in order to operate. Investigations are currently under way to determine the cause of the fire.
And so another day, another future-tech public transport solution hitting a snag. Great.
Photos and information from Xinmin and Eastday.