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Dubai announces plan to run gas-powered bus trial

Transport authority says 12-mth trial is part of its bid to use cleaner fuels for public vehicles

Dubai announces plan to run gas-powered bus trial
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Dubai's transport authority has announced plans to start a trial of a bus powered by compressed natural gas on a route in the emirate as part of its strategy to use cleaner fuels.

The Public Transport Agency, part of the Roads and Transport Authority, said it has signed an agreement with United Motors and Heavy Equipment Company, the approved dealer of MAN trucks, owner of the bus, and supplier of CNG-powered buses.

The trial will continue for 12 months during which the bus will be operating on a public bus route in Dubai. It will be operating for over 300km without requiring gas refueling during which the agency will monitor the operational performance, and assess the efficiency of the bus.

"This experiment is also in line with RTA's strategy of broadening and improving sustainable transit means, which have minimal impacts on the environment and public health," said Abdullah Al Maazami, director of maintenance & service at RTA Public Transport Agency.

"Though RTA uses best-in-class fuel type in the world with a minimal sulfur content, and sets out the highest international stipulations for emissions rates in its buses, it is also in constant pursuit of the best and safest mass transit means as far as environmental sustainability is concerned."

He said CNG-powered engines are more robust and durable compared with other engines powered by fossil fuel such as diesel and petrol, adding that natural gas reduces the need for maintenance due to its clean combustion.

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