|Director of the Department of Traffic and Transport, Tran Quang Phuong (R) and city’s leaders ride the first CNG-powered bus. (Photo: Sggp)|
The new buses have been numbered ‘01’ and will traverse the 8.5km route, making 320 trips per day from 5 am to 9 pm and cart an average of 12,000 passengers per day.
CNG is considered a clean fuel and comprises of compressed methane and ethane. The fuel has a high octane rating, meaning it is compressed and not highly inflammable. It vaporizes in the air without catching fire, thereby minimizing the risk of an explosion.
Municipal authorities hope that CNG-powered buses will reduce pollution in the city and save at least 40 per cent in operational costs, as compared to petrol-powered buses.