Dina, Mexican manufacturer of urban and suburban buses, wants to promote the implementation of natural gas vehicles in the metropolitan area of Nuevo León (AMM), in order to contribute to more environmentally friendly technologies, according to Miguel Ángel Velasco, general director of the company, who noted that the company is interested in those cities with access to natural gas and efficient mobility programs such as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
“We have a presence in the 32 states of the country, mainly in the cities that are taking integral and renewal mobility programs, such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Querétaro; we participate in an important way with OEM CNG buses,” he added. He also stressed that the opportunity is great given that the penetration of urban and suburban CNG transport vehicles barely reaches between 2% and 3% nationally.
Velasco highlighted the efforts made by the State of Nuevo Leon, since at least 500 buses of public transport out of a total of 1,500 opted for the transition to natural gas. Recently, DINA and Naturgy opened a refueling station in this state, which is supplying about 80 CNG buses of Grupo Trees.
“We still need a greater penetration at a national level, as in the southeast region that does not have access to natural gas. In large cities we have been able to consolidate our presence, and at a national level we have around 2,000 natural gas buses,” he explained.
Since 2009, DINA has been manufacturing buses that are capable of running on this fuel, “they are produced to run on natural gas from factory. The demand for natural gas vehicles has been very essential to us, it has reached 50% and we anticipate that this technology will continue to have an important relevance in the following years,” said the businessman.
He also mentioned that in order to facilitate the replacement of buses, DINA offers financing schemes to operators and maintains a close relationship with federal, state and municipal authorities in sustainable mobility programs, reported El Financiero.
Natural gas for vehicles is gaining momentum in more Mexican states and will be one of the key topics at AltFuels Mexico 2019, taking place on 11-14 March at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. The event will feature first level conferences and exhibition led by national and international experts and companies that will share their experiences and knowledge with visitors and showcase the latest in alternative fuel technologies.