After more than a year on the road (as part of a two-year trial run), the five gas-electric hybrid cars being tested by the government of Hong Kong are meeting the needs of the people using them and are consuming 40 percent less fuel than comparable non-hybrid vehicles. Started in April 2005, the hybrid trial program is the first step to wider implementation of hybrids in the Government fleet. So far, non-fuel costs for the cars (repair and maintenance) are about the same as regular cars, the government said
. Ethanol is not being seriously considered by the Hong Kong government, but it is allowing up to five percent ethanol to be blended into gasoline in Hong Kong. The government is also looking into the biofuel for possibly wider use.
[Source: Hong Kong Government ]