Not good. The third plug-in vehicle related fire in 2011 has come to our attention. This time, Reuters reports that an electric bus in downtown Shanghai, China caught fire while transporting passengers. The bus is reportedly manufactured by Shanghai Leibo – partner of Anhui Ankai Automobile (generic version pictured above).

According to Reuters, the incident occurred on Monday afternoon, less than three months after an electric Zotye taxi burst into flames in Hangzhou, China. Media outlets in China broke the story later in the week, with reports claiming the electric Shanghai Leibo bus' "engine compartment" burst into flames. Fortunately, 163.com says that no passengers were injured by the blaze.

At least ten cities in China are currently conducting electric bus trials. However, excessively high battery costs, an inadequate charging infrastructure, concerns over build quality and recent safety-related issues stand in the way of China's push for widespread vehicle electrification. Pics of the post-blaze bus can be viewed by clicking here.

[Source: Reuters]

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