50 Kinglong CNG buses to serve Xiamen passengers as from June

Updated: 2010-05-29
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Commencing in this June, 50 Kinglong CNG buses will serve passengers in Xiamen.
The first batch of 50 CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are expected to be put into service in Xiamen this June at the earliest, according to Mr. Lin Jinping, director of the Xiamen City Transportation Commission.
Another 250 CNG buses will be in service by November, Mr. Lin said.
The Xiamen government signed a contract with Xiamen Kinglong Motor Group early this year to purchase 300 CNG buses to replace 300 diesel-fueled buses in the city.
The exhaust emissions of these Kinglong CNG buses meet the National III Emission Standard. Each bus is between 10.5 to 12 meters long.  
At present, a filling station has been built in Guankou of Jimei District. Another three will soon start construction on Xiamen Island and are expected to be completed in August.
Mr. Lin also revealed that all 528 minibuses in the city will be gradually eliminated within two to three years. The minibuses are the major cause of the city’s air pollution.
Xiamen promotes the natural gas-driven buses as a way of reducing exhaust gas emission. The city has also introduced emission records for vehicles in the city and issue certificates to those vehicles whose exhaust gas emissions are within certain limits.
Vehicles without certificates will not be allowed to enter central Xiamen, according to the Xiamen Environmental Protection Bureau.
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