Natural gas bus market: excellent in the first half of the year is not optimistic about the second half


In the first half of 2013, domestic passenger cars sold a total of 117,925 vehicles, a cumulative increase of 6.15% over the same period. In addition to diesel and gasoline fuel, the sales of passenger cars were 24,500, a year-on-year increase of 88.33%.

In an interview, the reporter found that sales of natural gas buses in the first half of 2013 have achieved good results, and their long-term development prospects are generally optimistic, but most of the OEMs are worried about the market in the second half of the year.

In the first half of the year, the natural gas passenger car market has achieved remarkable sales growth.

“Hager buses sold 1945 natural gas buses in the first half of the year, an increase of more than 150% year-on-year, and 1167 LNG passenger cars, which accounted for 60%. The total number of buses sold by natural gas passenger vehicles in Hagrid accounted for more than 20% in the first half of the year. Not only sales were good, but also the development momentum. Also very good.” Hu Jiandu, manager of marketing planning department of Higer Bus, told reporters.

According to Chen Shundong, director of the Ankai Automotive New Energy Vehicle Research Institute, Ankai passenger cars sold more than 500 natural gas buses in the first half of the year, an increase of 40% year-on-year, and natural gas passenger vehicles accounted for more than 30% of the total number of buses sold.

At this stage, the environmental protection and economic advantages of natural gas passenger vehicles relative to gasoline and diesel passenger cars have already appeared. Compared with hybrid passenger cars and pure electric buses, there are obvious advantages in the use of natural gas.

In this regard, Chen Shundong said: "60% of hybrid buses are gas-electric hybrid vehicles. Whether it is pure natural gas buses or gas-electric hybrid buses, it indicates that natural gas buses are moving toward the direction of mainstream buses."

Hengtong buses, which are main gas buses, sold more than 1,000 natural gas buses in the first half of the year. Chiang, the deputy general manager of Hengtong Bus, renewed: “Although it has not reached the expected sales volume, it has achieved good results.”

Chiang Kai-shek is also very optimistic about the development prospects of natural gas buses. He said: “The sales target of Hengtong Bus is 4,000 units for the whole year, of which, natural gas buses and hybrid buses will account for 89%. But in the long run, it is more optimistic about pure natural gas. Passenger cars, after all, the development of hybrid buses are too dependent on government subsidies, and lack industry standards, and there are many problems. In comparison, pure natural gas buses have fewer limitations and are more technically mature.”

“In the first half of the year, Zhongtong sold more than 1,000 natural gas buses, which represented an increase over the same period of last year. The situation of the natural gas passenger car market in the first half of the year is still possible.” Li Tongsheng, Minister of the Ministry of Culture of Zhongtong Bus, told reporters: “At this stage, natural gas passenger cars are The development is mainly affected by the gas supply. If the gas supply facilities in various regions are more complete and the supply is more abundant, the sales volume will continue to maintain the growth momentum.” Li Shengsheng also likes the future market of gas buses.

The second half of the natural gas bus market is not optimistic

Although in the long run, the development prospects of natural gas passenger vehicles are good, but in an interview with Fangde.com reporters, several bus companies have shown their concerns about the natural gas bus market in the second half of this year.

“The second half of the year is subject to the influence of the environment and the situation should not be too good after the third quarter.” An Kai passenger bus Chen Shundong is not optimistic about the natural gas bus market in the second half of the year.

Hengtong Bus Jiang updated that the subsidy policy for hybrid buses in the second half of the year has a huge impact on the market: “The second half of the subsidy policy for hybrid buses will be a key factor affecting the passenger car market. If the policy is favorable, the demand for hybrid bus passengers It will rise, and some of the pure natural gas passenger vehicles will be made into hybrid buses, and the sales of pure natural gas buses may be affected by this. In addition, many bus companies in the first half benefited from fuel subsidies and prefer to choose fuel buses. The performance of non-subsidized natural gas buses is not very positive, and this situation is likely to continue in the second half of the year, which is not good news for the natural gas passenger car market in the second half of the year."

"The bus is not doing well and the tourism industry is sluggish. It will have an impact on the sales of natural gas buses in the second half of the year. The natural gas passenger car market in the second half of the year is not optimistic." The relevant person in charge of the Higer Bus Market Department is evaluating the natural gas passenger car market in the second half of the year.

In addition, each bus company has emphasized that the slight increase in gas prices will have a slight impact on sales of natural gas buses in the second half of the year, but it will not be a dominant factor. The purchasing cost and operational economic advantages of natural gas buses still exist.



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