Last month the Executing Entity for Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV) reactivated the Program for the Conversion of Vehicles to CNG, which during the last administration was paralyzed. In this short time, more than 2,000 applications were received and more than 1,500 conversions from gasoline to CNG were made in the national vehicle fleet.
“It is important to highlight that the program is free and is open to any owner of a vehicle that runs on gasoline, it can be heavy and public transport, or for private use. We are working on changing the energy matrix for the use of clean fuel, given the demand of the population,” said the General Director of the EEC-GNV, Karina Villacorta.
The CNG Conversion Program was launched on July 8 with the announcement of the acquisition of more than 32,000 cylinders of different capacities, which have already been distributed throughout the country for the benefit of the transportation sector. Bolivia currently has 25% of the vehicle fleet converted to natural gas.
Villacorta pointed out that the conversion process lasts 48 hours from the administrative procedure, which starts with the presentation of the requirements at any of the Regional Offices of the EEC-GNV, until the assignment of an authorized workshop in charge of the installation of the CNG kit and cylinder. “As part of the conversion procedure, EEC technical personnel carry out the conversion verification in order to guarantee the quality, functionality and safety with which this equipment is installed,” she added.
At the national level, there are more than 300 service stations, most of them concentrated in capital cities, others on interdepartmental highways.