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Chinese City To Use Cleaner Cars

April 26, 1998

BEIJING (AP) _ Shenzhen, China’s boom town near Hong Kong, plans to run up to 1,000 taxis on liquefied petroleum gas, a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The official Business Weekly cited unidentified environmental officials as saying the city plans to install tanks for LPG in all its 15,000 public transportation vehicles by 2000.

The shift from gasoline would reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon from auto exhaust about 80 percent and 70 percent respectively, it said.

Along with heavy use of coal as energy, auto exhaust in China’s traffic-snarled cities has become a leading cause of some of the world’s worst air pollution.

China’s vehicles have poor emission controls. A recent World Bank study found that although Beijing has one-tenth the number of cars as Los Angeles, its auto emissions are almost as great.

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