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More Natural Gas Buses in Texas and China

North American Bus Industries (NABI) has received an order for 35 40-foot, low-floor natural gas (CNG) buses from the Sun Metro Transit Department of El Paso, Texas. Delivery is scheduled for March 2007.

NABI offers the 8.3-liter C Gas Plus Cummins engine in a variety of ratings for its 40-LFW buses. These new buses will serve as replacement buses for a 15-year-old fleet of standard-floor diesel buses. Total contract value is approximately $14 million.

Separately, Qingdao Public Transport Group has put 40 CNG buses into service on city routes. The coastal city, which is the venue for the Olympic sailing events in 2008, plans to have a total of 856 CNG vehicles on the road by the games, with 520 of those being buses.

Transportation planning and development was a key element of the Qingdao Olympic Action Plan, and puts praimry emphasis on the use of bus-based public transportation with rail transport as secondary and taxis as a supplement.

The Qingdao Taineng Group is building four compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the city this year—a central station and three satellites. The central station is the first CNG fueling station in Qindao City, and will refuel buses.

(A hat-tip to John Baldwin!)



I do not think we should dramaticly increase the use of natural
gas. It is a further increase in Carbon Dioxide into the
atmosphere. I would put a hold on further use increases. Also, it is a finite resource and will run out. Why not go to the renewables and bypass this poor temporary solution. Texas has a good wind supply, and with any kind of storage could feed energy
to the busses as electricity on overhead trolley cables or into
batteries on the busses. This could be a "forever" solution.


Orv, I am with you on the batteries, though they are still heavier and more expensive than they will need to be to be competitive in a strictly financial sense, and yes, there are expenses in that equation that aren't readily apparent. But I really hate the overhead cables, it is one of the only things about eastern european cities that is uglier than a western city. If I had my wishlist, the buses would be powered by ice/electric hybrids fueled with biodiesel or butanol blends.

allen Z

Methane can be made via decomposable garbage. The resulting CO2 from the biological process can be used to boost algae oil/biomass production, esp. at altitude.


If you believe batteries are the way to go and you believe yourself to be "green", can you explain the little problem of trying to recycle these batteries?? From what I've read, batteries are very toxic to say the least..


I like the idea of gasification of biomass like corn stover, rice and wheat straw and switchgrass to SNG, synthetic natural gas. If you look at the transport of SNG from the bioplants where the biomass is grown, the NG pipe system is a great way to get it to the cities in a cost effective manner.

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