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Foton America surprised many attendees of this week’s Alternataive Fuels & vehicles National Conference in Orlando by showing a Chinese built CNG Transit Bus with enough U.S. componentry to satisfy the “Buy American” requirements for Federally funded agencies.
The key U.S. components are an ISL G compressed-natural-gas engine from Cummins Westport, as well as U.S. made fuel cylinders.
Foton is going to offer the bus later this year for roughly the same price to fleet buyers as diesel buses.
Many cities are moving toward natural gas buses because they are cleaner burning and less polluting. A neew Federal energy bill may heap on added incentives, too, for municipalities to buy the CNG buses, as well as clean-diesel buses.
BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.