100% electrification of bus transport in Shenzhen
In 2010 Shenzhen was selected as a pilot city for rolling out the New Electric Vehicles (NEV) programme of the government of China. By 2017, Shenzhen had electrified all of its 17,000 buses and was hailed as one of the model cities for electrification of public and private transport. This initiative helped tackle the city's noise and air pollution, contributing significantly to mitigation of carbon emissions. The NEV fleet has resulted in 160,000 tonnes of CO2 emission reduction between 2009 and 2013. The city government has installed an expansive charging infrastructure that can be used by both buses and private electric cars. To counter the high upfront costs of electric buses, the Shenzhen government followed a unique model of "financial leasing, separation of vehicles and battery, and integration of charging and maintaining" with financial aid from the national government.
COVID-19 urban transport response
The urban transport sector is at the heart of the current COVID-19 pandemic – as a vital service for health and other key workers, who have to get to their workplaces. Therefore, it is crucial to provide a coordinated, science-based response from all levels of government to maximise the best possible public health outcome with the least economically damaging impact for all. While every country is challenged with its own specific problems, there are some common challenges for the continent, when it comes to urban transport?