HK$12 BIL­LION:

THE GOV­ERN­MENT SUB­SIDY FOR THE RE­MOVAL OF THE CITY’S DIRT­I­EST VE­HI­CLES BY 2020

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

The gov­ern­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with fran­chised bus com­pa­nies to fit en­gines with de­vices to re­duce emis­sions of ni­tro­gen ox­ides and ni­tro­gen diox­ide. The pro­gramme started in June and will see 1,400 buses fit­ted with the de­vices by the end of 2016, says Loh. Since 2011, trans­port op­er­a­tors have been test­ing elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles un­der the gov­ern­ment’s Pi­lot Green Trans­port Fund. By July this year, 670 elec­tric ve­hi­cles were in use, up from fewer than 100 in 2010. But not ev­ery­one is op­ti­mistic about the po­ten­tial of such ve­hi­cles. Wil­liam Louey, di­rec­tor of Kowloon Mo­tor Bus Company (KMB), which op­er­ates the city’s largest bus fleet, is scep­ti­cal about the prac­ti­cal­ity of bat­tery-pow­ered ve­hi­cles (see in­ter­view).

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