State media reported that it is expected to put natural gas powered vehicles on the road in 2011, according to Interfax-China. Zhang said the province will boost the conversion of private cars to natural gas. Huzhou City has retrofitted over 600 taxis to run on CNG, he pointed out.
The official stated that natural gas vehicles can reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent while emitting almost no sulfur dioxide and dust. The Zhejiang Environmental Protection Bureau informed that 26 out of the province’s 32 cities have suffered from heavy acid rain primarily due to pollution from automobile exhaust.