KMB to offer free rides on its “solar-powered themed bus” 96R, for passengers travelling from Diamond Hill to Sai Kung on 26th March


26th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s KMB bus operator has been developing and installing solar-powered devices on the roofs of its buses in recent years. As part of its commitment to sustainability, KMB set a target to have 2,000 buses fitted with the technology by the end of this year, which would make up half of its entire fleet.

To promote the use of green transportation, KMB hosted a free ride day on 26th March, allowing passengers to board the 96R “solar-powered themed bus” from Diamond Hill for a scenic ride to Sai Kung. The 1.30pm bus departing from Diamond Hill had approximately 60 passengers queuing up, while the 3pm bus departing from Wong Shek Pier had around 50 passengers.

Throughout the day, all buses operating on the 96R route were solar-powered, giving passengers a chance to experience sustainable transportation and breathe in fresh air while exploring the “backyard of Hong Kong” in Sai Kung. The route started from Diamond Hill, passing through Choi Hung and Ngau Chi Wan, and culminating in Sai Kung.

The 96R route has several departure times to accommodate different schedules. Buses leaving Diamond Hill station depart at 9am, 1.30m, and 4.30 pm, while buses departing from Wong Shek Pier leave at 10.30am, 3pm, and 5.42pm.

KMB’s initiative to incorporate solar technology in its buses not only benefits the environment but also reduces the cost of fuel consumption. As a public transportation provider, KMB is setting an example for other companies to follow and contribute to Hong Kong’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.