The Beijing Public Transport Group has procured 50 Foton Motor Fukuda Europe Fai BJ6123 liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Clean Energy Buses for operation. According to Chinese news source Hexun.com, that number is expected to grow to 100 by end-2012 and reach around 4,000 vehicles by 2015. The implementation of LNG-fuelled public transportation is the first stage of an agreement between Beijing Municipal People’s Government and Petrochina, part of state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), to promote LNG as a clean energy fuel. The first buses will operate out of Xidan Station under the name of “728 Express”.
The buses have an operating range of more than 500 kms when fully fuelled and are able to carry passengers for two and a half days before refuelling.
The report goes on to say that, compared to vehicle fuel, LNG buses can reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 97%, hydrocarbon emissions by 72%, nitrogen oxides by 80%, carbon dioxide by 24%, sulfur dioxideby 90%, car noise by 40%, benzene, lead, dust and other pollutants by 100%. The BJ6123 meets China’s five emission standards.