The Director of the Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion Execution Entity (EEC-GNV), Alejandra Huaylla, informed that 25% of the Bolivian automotive fleet already operates with natural gas: “One of the fruits of the Nationalization of Hydrocarbons was the change of the energy grid; we experienced an exponential jump in conversions. In 2005 we only had 40,000 CNG vehicles and today we have 390,000 vehicles using this fuel, this represents 25% of the entire vehicle fleet, so we can qualify this program as successful.”
Created during the 2010 administration, the EEC-GNV is in charge of the conversion, maintenance of kits, requalification or replacement of CNG cylinders throughout the country. “Thanks to the NGV conversions, the Bolivian State has saved U$S 2,100 million in gasoline imports,” she said.
For the current administration, according to the information presented by Huaylla, the requalification program will be given greater priority. “In 2019 we are giving greater strength to the requalification program, for the safety of the users. The conversion workshops make an evaluation of the cylinder, in case it has fulfilled its useful life the cylinder is replaced. In this regard, we have programmed 40,000 requalifications, in addition to 20,000 conversions to natural gas.”
Moreover, the official explained that the EEC-GNV launched this year its first invitation to conversion centers to work within the program. “In January, we launched the first direct invitation to 80 workshops across the country, to be part of the conversion program. All this work aims to improve the security levels of Bolivian families and provide a better quality service and efficiency to the driver.”