The Colombian Association of Natural Gas (Naturgas) revealed the most recent figures of vehicles converted to natural gas so far this year and the number of factory-fitted CNG passenger transport vehicles, dump trucks, tractors and trucks that have been acquired in the country in the last 10 months.
“We have exceeded expectations in the different transport demand segments. Natural gas has been a sustainable mobility commitment of many mayors and governors, as well as businesses which already see savings in operating costs, and improvements in air quality,” said Orlando Cabrales Segovia, president of Naturgas.
The number of vehicles converted until September 2019 has exceeded the figure achieved throughout the past year. According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, there are 15,480 cars that have bet on a more economical and efficient fuel, with the largest number of conversions taking place in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Pereira.
As for CNG dedicated taxis (factory-made), the figure has grown considerably reaching 110 vehicles. The arrival of an additional 65 units is expected, mainly in Bogotá and the Coffee Axis.
Moreover, there are currently 1,300 CNG dedicated heavy vehicles (public transport buses, trucks, tractors and refuse trucks) in circulation and at the end of the year there will be about 1,600. “Public and freight transport has switched to natural gas for vehicles, due to its economic benefits, offering savings of around 50% compared to gasoline and 35% compared to diesel,” said Cabrales Segovia.
Antioquia has the highest contribution in CNG heavy duty vehicles (488), followed by Bolívar (340), Bogotá (284) and Valle del Cauca (81).
A new segment that will continue to grow in Colombia is tractor trucks. The country will end 2019 with more than 200 NGVs, which is positive for the environment as cargo transport is the main pollutant in cities and causes poor air quality. In Bogotá, for example, it is responsible for 32% of the emissions of particulate matter.
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