Kerala put out its first public bus powered by liquefied natural gas on Monday, marking a significant step toward reducing reliance on fossil fuels (LNG).
The green bus service began Monday from Thiruvananthapuram’s central bus station, according to Transport Minister Antony Raju. The bus will run between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam, as well as between Ernakulam and Kozhikode. The unusual effort serves two aims for the cash-strapped Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC): it reduces increasing operating losses by switching to cheaper gasoline and promotes an energy source that is regarded to be significantly less destructive to the environment.
This is part of KSRTC’s long-term goal to modernise its whole fleet, which is now powered by diesel, and convert it to LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG). It has already stated that 400 of its older diesel-powered buses will be converted to LNG. The new LNG bus service, according to the transport minister, will first operate between major cities before being moved to high-range places like Munnar to test its operational efficiency. The struggling bus company, which has been losing money for decades, has leased two LNG-powered vehicles for three months from Petronet LNG for three months.