A few weeks after the SEMARNAT secretary Juan José Guerra Abud had announced the Federal Executive branch’s intentions in connection with NGV sector, delegate Cueva Sada gave more details: “We are working in a first phase with trucking, logistics, public transport and taxis companies.”
In Monterrey there is an ongoing project regarding natural gas vehicles: Ecovía mass transit system, which will have a fleet of 80 buses powered by CNG. Trials with buses began in mid-October.
According to a report published by Milenio, there are two CNG filling stations currently in operation in the area, plus two additional facilities to be installed to serve the Ecovía buses. Cueva Sada expects that at least 20 fueling sites will be opened, which would be built close to the transportation companies to encourage them to adopt NGVs. “The fleet operators would have an internal station to be provided with the fuel and, at the same time, the site could serve other users, such as taxi drivers,” said the official.
He also considers the Monterrey metropolitan area ideal for converting to natural gas vehicles, since the region has an extensive natural gas distribution network, and filling stations only have to be connected to the pipeline in order to supply the fuel.