City to Add More Electric Taxis in the Next Three Years
In line with the celebration of National Low Carbon Day, the city transportation commission plans to introduce more than 3,000 electric taxis in the city in the next three years. In its effort of creating a model city for low carbon transportation. The city will also promote the use of new energy buses and is planning to have 7,000 buses driving around by the year 2015. The use of liquefied natural gas trucks will also be encouraged also by 2015.
So far there are 3,850 new energy vehicles in the city’s public transportation system. Using new energy vehicles can greatly reduce local carbon emission by up to 120,000 tons a year and saves around 40,000 tons of fuel a year also. The Shenzhen Bus Group is now using more than 2,000 new energy buses and is saving around 19 million liters of diesel a year or the equivalent of 150 million yuan.
60,000 heavy vehicles are plying the city but only a few of them are using liquefied natural gas and the city has long been promoting its use among tractors in the port areas since 2010. And by 2015 these tractors in port areas will be using liquefied natural gas through diesel to gas upgrades. And to meet the goal of having 20,000 liquefied natural gas vehicles in the city, Shenzhen needs to build 80 gas stations which in turn help stimulate the development of the gas industry.