Hong Kong approves latest rounds of green transportation trials

This is the ninth batch of applications for the trial of green transport technologies under the Pilot Green Transport Fund. A total of 15 applications have been newly approved for the fund.

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has approved $10.7 million worth of subsidy for the latest batch of green transportation trials.

This is the ninth batch of applications for the trial of green transport technologies under the Pilot Green Transport Fund. A total of 15 applications have been newly approved for the fund.

The approved applications include the trial of 10 electric taxis, three electric light goods vehicles, 13 hybrid goods vehicles, and retrofitting the engines of four buses. These applications were approved for support by the Steering Committee of the Fund at its meeting in January.

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With the latest batch of trials on their way, the total number of trials under the fund goes up to 73. Some of the other trails include the testing of 24 electric taxis, two electric light buses, 11 electric buses, 35 electric goods vehicles, 41 hybrid goods vehicles, 12 hybrid light buses, and the retrofitting of four bus engines which amounts to a total of $93 million in subsidies.

Currently, one hybrid public light bus, one electric tax, two electric buses, 16 electric goods vehicles, and 24 hybrid goods vehicles which are subsidized by the fund are being tested by different transport operators.

The $300 million-Pilot Green Transport Fund was set up by the Hong Kong government back in March 2011 to encourage the public transport sector to test green transport technologies.

The fund is open for applications from public transport operators, charitable and non-profit organizations providing services to clients and goods vehicle owners.

In conjunction with the Pilot Green Transport Fund which seeks to promote green transport technologies, Hong Kong is also pushing for more green transport vehicles to be used by the public. One of their efforts in line with this is the Clean Air Plan, which last September looked into the use of zero-emissions buses (see related story). – L. Polintan

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