Out of the 500,000 vehicles that have already been converted to natural gas in the country, this region accounts for 8.2%, reported Efigas director Carlos Mazeneth Dávila in an event that was attended by sector’s representatives in the city of Pereira.
So far this year, there have been 1,995 conversions from gasoline or diesel to CNG in the Coffee Triangle, which are distributed by department as follows: 45.6% in Risaralda, 30.91% in Caldas and 23.45% in Quindío.
Over the last two years, 75% of the conversions were conducted in individual service vehicles, while 25% were executed in public service vehicles. It is as a result of the agreement to encourage the sales, distribution and consumption of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in the Coffee Triangle market, which is operated and administered by Efigas.
To Mazeneth Dávila, there is a boom in the use of CNG in this part of the country and the highest consumption figures come from public transport vehicles. “In the area there are 14 conversion centers in operation, which generate 78% of direct jobs and 22% of indirect jobs; besides, there are 49 natural gas fueling stations. The goal is to enhance the market and promote the benefits of this fuel,” the executive stressed.