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China to boost application of methanol-fueled cars

Molly From Gasgoo| March 20 , 2019

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- China issued a guideline on March 19 to promote the application of methanol-fueled cars, diversify automobile fuels and ensure energy safety.

Government will encourage a wider application of the M100 methanol-fueled vehicles in provinces of Shanxi, Shaanxi, Guizhou and Gansu, where fuel resources are rich and methanol-fueled cars have been previously piloted, according to the document jointly issued by 8 governmental departments, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Public Security.

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Besides, China will also support the usage of methanol-fueled vehicles in such areas as official business, taxi, passenger transport for short haul and specific logistics transportation line. Meanwhile, local governments should actively create sound conditions for methanol-fueled car application, releasing preferential policies in purchase and operation for vehicles that meet the Stage 6 Emission Standard and relevant emission limit standards. 

The document also says relevant automakers and auto parts producers are encouraged to develop methanol-fueled PVs, CVs and non-road shop trucks and other power machineries to speed up the construction of manufacturing system. Additionally, government will encourage and support companies to research and develop methanol-fueled hybrid vehicles, range-extended EVs and batteries.

Moreover, the file stated that relevant parties should make full use of inferior-quality coal, coal-bed gas and coke oven gas to produce methanol fuel and explore the technology of converting carbon dioxide into methanol fuel. 

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