According to Finkel, CNG is very popular in the region, which has an abundance of natural gas. The local transit authority also runs on this fuel and there are at least nine CNG stations in the metroplex area, which makes refueling very convenient. “And as we have a CNG certified mechanic on staff, maintenance has not been an issue. Moreover, the cost of maintaining an NGV is approximately the same as for a conventional taxi,” he added.
Even though natural gas is the company’s alternative fuel of choice, the executive said they do not plan to convert additional vehicles, at least for now, until the federal court resolves the issue involving a few small taxi companies challenging the airport programs that give priority status to NGVs.