China to pilot methanol-fuelled cars in three regions

29 February 2012 06:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China will begin a trial run of methanol-powered cars in Shanghai and the provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi in its bid to expand the use of new-energy vehicles, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday.

The country will spend two to three years to complete evaluations on the feasibility, reliability, economics, safety and environment impact of methanol-fuelled vehicles, Xinhua quoted an official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as saying.

The MIIT would establish, together with other governmental bodies, related standards and specifications of such vehicles and give recommendations on the industry policies of methanol-fuelled cars, the report said.

China has been testing M15 methanol-blended gasoline, which contains 15% methanol and 85% gasoline, in 13 provinces and cities since 2009. However, pick up has been weak as most drivers are resisting fuelling their vehicles with the blend, industry sources said.


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