Ho Chi Minh City has allowed a public transport company to import 21 buses run on clean fuel as part of a plan to replace existing diesel buses with environmentally friendly technology.
Saigon Passenger Transport Company, which operates 36 bus routes in the city, will buy the buses using loans provided by the municipal public investment arm. Each of them costs between VND1.8 billion and VND2 billion.
The buses will use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a clean fuel alternative to gasoline and diesel.
Ho Chi Minh City started operating two CNG buses last month but there have been difficulties in getting fuel supplies. According to PV Gas South Company, the fuel supplier, it is not practical to transport CNG from Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province only to provide for two buses.
According to a plan by the Department of Transport, the city will put into use 38 clean buses in the 2009-2011 period.