Facts about the Spring Festival
The Spring Festival marks the start of the new year in the Chinese calendar. Because China has used the Gregorian calendar instead of the traditional Chinese calendar since 1911, the new year always falls at the time of the new moon between January 21 and February 21.
The Chinese Spring Festival
Using electricity to power past the jams
Over 120 million eScooters are already snaking their way past the kilometer-long traffic jams on China’s roads – for less than 35 Euro cents of power per charge and all without polluting the environment. Bosch technology increases the range of these nimble little vehicles to more than 40 kilometers and makes them both speedy and safe.
People in colorful dragon costumes fill the streets, houses are adorned with red paper lanterns, and impressive fireworks light up the sky. Asia is welcoming the new year.
Chaos on the roads
At Chinese Spring Festival, 88 percent of all journeys take place on the country’s roads.
The celebrations start now and will continue for several days. It’s a time for family meals, street processions, and above all, gifts. Millions of people send packages to friends and family, shop online, and travel to their home regions. “The traffic is hellish and the depots are bursting at the seams,” says courier Lin Mingcong from Ningbo, a million-strong metropolis two hours’ drive north of Shanghai. Every year, the flood of packages completely swamps the logistics sector, causing a phenomenon known as the “warehouse explosion” (bao cang) – an enormous backlog in the depots. Against this backdrop, the couriers in China’s numerous delivery services face a truly Sisyphean task. To ensure he can still get all his deliveries to their destinations even in the traffic chaos of the festivities, Lin rides an eScooter.
eScooter: fast and save
“Electric powered scooters have been a familiar sight on China’s city streets for some time now,” says Pengfei Zhao, head of the Business Unit Bosch eScooter Systems. “They are extremely popular due to their low consumption and very compact design and very flexible for commuting” he adds. “If I drove a car, I would just end up stuck in traffic. The eScooter is really maneuverable and I can always manage to weave past the other vehicles,” comments Lin.
Lin rides an electric scooter made by Yadea. The Chinese manufacturer uses technology from Bosch. “Compared to conventional drive systems, the advantage of Bosch system is that it has a boost and advanced recuperation function that makes the scooter accelerate faster and meanwhile gives longer riding distance by gathering the energy during the braking” says Pengfei Zhao.
A sensor in the seat provides an added safety feature: “When the driver isn’t sitting on the eScooter, the motor is automatically powered down to ensure that any unintentional contact with the throttle doesn’t cause an accident.” And many other Bosch innovations will gradually be implemented that makes escooter driving more fun and convenient.
35 cents of power per day
This range is particularly important to Lin Mingcong, who has to work very hard even when it’s not Spring Festival time: “The less I have to charge the battery, the faster I can get deliveries to their destination.” But wouldn’t he get around faster with a gasoline-powered scooter? “Possibly,” says Lin. “But electricity is a lot cheaper than gasoline. It costs me just three yuan to charge the scooter for a day.” That’s about 35 euro cents. As a result, Lin can deliver his packages both quickly and cheaply.