Three Chinese provinces to trial methanol-fueled vehicles

February 29, 2012

China's industrial authority said Tuesday that it will introduce trials for methanol-fueled cars in three provincial level regions starting this month.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement that it will launch the trials in western Chinese province of Shaanxi, the northern province of Shanxi and the municipality of Shanghai over the next two to three years.

The trials are expected to last two to three years and will evaluate feasibility, reliability, economic efficiency, safety and environmental impacts, the MIIT said.

The ministry said the trials will help establish a standard criterion for methanol-fueled cars, provide solutions to modify, build and manage necessary infrastructure, as well as shape industry policies.