Natural Gas-Powered Buses for Seoul CommutersNatural gas buses (NGB), which are powered by low-pollution compressed natural gas (CNG), will service commuters in Seoul from June 29.
According to the City of Seoul, 15 urban buses of three bus companies, including Sunjin Yokaek(No.146 bus, No.73 bus), Yusung Transport (No.135-2 bus), Jinhwa Transport(No.824 bus) will be powered by CNG.
The city plans to operate 480 NGBs by March of 2001 - it has already accepted applications from 32 bus companies to purchase a total of 340 NGBs. By 2007, all 8,300 urban buses could be running on natural gas.
The price tag for one NGB is 31 million won ($27,700) - more expensive than its light oil-powered counterpart. However, the additional 16.5 million won it will take to purchase the NGBs will be borne by the Ministry of Environment and the City of Seoul.
by Zhang Sei-jung