First LNG-powered bus arrives for testing ({{commentsTotal}})

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Reola Gaas, owned by Alexela Group, has brought a LNG bus to Estonia for testing, with the company hoping for a permanent deal already this year.

First to test the bus, which is accompanied by a mobile tanking service, is Tallinn. Enno Tamm, the head of Tallinna Linnatransport, responsible for public transport in Tallinn, said it would be expensive to switch to LNG as it would require investments into servicing and refueling infrastructure.

Tamm said diesel engines have been developed for a century now and alternatives, such as electric power or hybrid technology, still have a long way to go. He said LNG is the future, but not the near-future, but if Tallinn does opt for LNG in buses, then 40-50 vehicles would be purchased.

“We hope to see around six to ten buses on Estonia's roads by the end of the year,” Reola Gaas's CEO Allan Pohlak said.

Editor: J.M. Laats



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