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BRIEFING 65 WWW.TECHNOLOGYREVIEW.COM ASIA-PACIFIC Cleaner Vehicles by the Million L ast January, for the fi rst time, more cars were sold in China than in the United States. India’s vehicle fl eet is growing at a rate of 7 to 10 percent per year. Instead of attempting to reduce greenhouse-gas emis- sions with expensive technologies such as electric vehicles, low-income countries in the Asia-Pacifi c region are focused on improving existing internal-combustion engines. Converting cars to run on natural gas is an increasingly popular option. Of the 9.6 mil- lion natural-gas-fueled vehicles worldwide, 52 percent are in Asia-Pacifi c countries, with two million in Pakistan alone. A factory- built natural-gas vehicle can achieve reduc- tions in carbon dioxide emissions as great as 25 percent, but most of the cars running on natural gas in this region are not quite as clean, because they have been converted from gasoline using after-market kits. Still, these converted vehicles emit half as much
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