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14th batch of applications approved under Pilot Green Transport Fund
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     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 22) announced its approval of the 14th batch of applications for the trial of green transport technologies under the Pilot Green Transport Fund.

     The five newly approved applications include the trial of six electric van-type light goods vehicles involving a total subsidy of about $1.3 million. The applications were from:
 
Hong Kong Productivity Council
LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Limited
Silver Star Engineering Limited
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thunder Cargo Limited
     
     The Steering Committee of the Fund agreed to support the above applications at its meeting last month (August).

     The latest approval brings the total number of trials being conducted under the Fund to 91 for the testing of 10 electric taxis, three electric light buses, 11 electric buses, 48 electric goods vehicles, 53 hybrid goods vehicles, 12 hybrid light buses, one solar air-conditioning system, four electric inverter air-conditioning systems, the replacement of four bus engines with more advanced models and the adoption of a diesel-electric propulsion system and a seawater scrubber in a ferry, amounting to a total subsidy of about $93 million.  
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     At present, five hybrid public light buses, three electric taxis, eight electric buses, 34 electric goods vehicles and 31 hybrid goods vehicles and one solar air-conditioning system subsidised by the Fund have started the trial by transport operators. One electric taxi, nine electric van-type light goods vehicles and 21 hybrid vehicles have completed their two-year trial. Interim and final reports of trials have already been uploaded to the Fund's website for public information.

     The Government set up the $300 million Fund in March 2011 to encourage the public transport sector to test green transport technologies. The Fund is open for applications from public transport operators, charitable and non-profit organisations providing services to clients, and goods vehicle owners. The technologies for trial include new vehicle types and equipment and machinery related to transport activities. Transport operators may apply to the Fund to try out different green products subject to a maximum subsidy of $9 million for each application and $12 million in total.

     For more information on the Fund and the approved applications, please visit the EPD website (www.epd.gov.hk) or call the enquiry hotline on 2824 0022.

Ends/Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:00

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