Over the past three months, the volume of natural gas for vehicles increased by 6% in the state, according to a monthly survey conducted by the gas company Compagas. In July, the NGV consumption was 87,572 m³/day, in August reached 91,900 m³/day and in September rose to 92,845 m³/day.
In the same period, natural gas remained 49% cheaper than both ethanol and gasoline. Furthermore, according to Compagas, with a cubic meter of CNG is possible to cover more kilometers than with a liter of the other two fuels: if an average car runs about 7 km with a liter of ethanol or about 10 km on gasoline, that same vehicle can travel at least 13 kilometers with a cubic meter of natural gas.
Drivers using CNG as a fuel have another benefit: 60% discount in the amount of the Automotive Property Tax. While gasoline and alcohol powered cars pay 2.5% additional to the vehicle price, natural gas fueled vehicles pay only 1% more.
Currently, there are 37 filling stations selling CNG in Paraná to service about 33,000 vehicles. The fueling sites are located in the cities of Curitiba, Campo Largo, São José dos Pinhais, Ponta Grossa, Colombo, Paranaguá and Pinhais. In Londrina, a facility offers natural gas supplied by Gastech.