Barriers Prevent LNG Buses in Expanding in the City
The city transport authorities along with bus operators are finding it hard to expand the number of buses that are being fueled by LNG or liquefied natural gas in due to the limited number of LNG stations that are paired with high fuel prices. As of the moment the Yunfa Group operates 18 LNG buses that are primarily used for long distance trips going to Chaozhou, Huizhou, Dongguan and Shantou.
The amount of stations that carries LNG fuel is very limited in Shenzhen and they are mainly found near ports or on remote areas. Furthermore the city should also lower its LNG prices and to construct more stations at least within five kilometers of bus depots. Also the transportation authority stated that LNG stations are high risk facilities which are difficult to construct and the constant increase in LNG prices makes it difficult for operators to make a profit. City legislators are now planning to make policies that will subsidize LNG freight vehicles but not LNG passenger vehicles.
The 18 LNG buses that are operated by the Yunfa Group is already included in a low carbon subsidy program that the local government has implemented but the said subsidy is only a short term fix. Recent survey has shown that the residents have welcomed the use of these LNG buses and they said that they seen lesser smoggy days and the city should have more buses running on LNG.