South Korea's Ambitious Green Public Transportation System

trolleybus4120harvardagrWhen riding a bus, some of the first thoughts that may come to mind are "I do it out of necessity because I don't have a car," or "I do it because I want to save the environment."  Both reasons seem to be prevalent among everyday ride goers both in the U.S. and abroad.  South Korea's innovative public transportation system is unique and creative because while many countries have figured out how to develop the electric car, very few if any have come up with an electric bus.  However, South Korea has been the first country to break ground on an electric bus.

What is significant about the electric bus is that among other things, they "have also been built as green as possible.  They are made from a carbon composite material, instead of iron plates, which considerably reduces the vehicle's weight while reinforcing durability."  As such, the electric bus is not only going to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that come from transportation use, it is also being built with a green design in mind.  Going green, therefore, should be imbued in the overall culture of a company, community, and overall country.

In particular, going green means not only being fuel efficient on the road while in use, but also in the overall design and manufacturing process.  It is clear that designing the bus fleet so that is is made from "carbon composite material" rather than "iron plates" is a sound idea from an environmental point of view because such material is not carbon intensive like iron plates.

Other features of note about the green bus system being developed in South Korea is that such buses are "designed to be as fuel efficient as possible--each bus can run up to about 52 miles on a single charge and they have a maximum speed of about 62 miles per hour."  These features on the bus fleet are neat because it shows that South Korea is thinking ahead about not only how to green the cars and trucks on the road, but also the buses that many of their citizens, especially in urban areas like Seoul take.

To become green in the transportation sector, therefore, involves thinking holistically and comprehensively about how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all facets.  South Korea's electric bus idea is a great start and certainly helps the country as a whole move forward in the 21st Century's green innovation era.  Thus, the question is not what can be done to become green in transportation, but rather what are innovative ways to become green.

Photo Credit:  ArnoldReinhold

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