Maputo, Mozambique, 11 June – Maputo Public Transport (TPM) has begun an operational trial of four buses powered by natural gas built by Yutong of China, officials have said.
Transport Minister Antonio Munguambe, launching the pilot scheme Friday, said the new buses would benefit citizens of Maputo and Matola, and, at a later date, to residents in other towns and cities after refueling depots are built to service the gas-powered vehicles.
TPM has signed an accord with Autogas to supply fuel for the first four buses in Maputo at a depot in Beluluane. The vehicles will initially operate on the route to Mahlampsene.
A TPM executive said the new buses bring great economic savings to the Maputo transport operator, as a kilo of gas costs 18 meticais and a liter of diesel is priced at around 25 meticais.
Yutong Automobile Co Ltd, based in China’s Henan province, exported more than 2,400 buses in 2005 worth a total US$ 140 million. The company is China’s largest bus maker and has sold around 5 million vehicles to Cuba, Iran, Chile, Egypt and Bangladesh. (macauhub)