The executive explained that now OEMs are offering CNG vehicles. “A few years ago, only small cars such as those produced by Chevrolet, Toyota or Mitsubishi supported natural gas. Nowadays, HD automakers, like Hino and Isuzu, also have developed their technology to use 100% natural gas.”
According to the web Tradingcharts.com, last year 162,000 NGVs were plying across Thailand. Currently, there are 215,000 vehicles powered by CNG. HD ones, such as buses and trucks, mean the 16% of that figure.
Moreover, about 230 natural gas vehicles enter into the market each day, including CNG conversions and original equipment manufacturing units. Consequently, PTT is considering building 75 new CNG refuelling stations next year. Nationwide, there are 425 natural gas facilities, half of those are in Bangkok and Greater Bangkok areas.
Due to CNG expansion, the company is currently searching for technology to facilitate the transportation of natural gas. So, it is calling the private sector to invest in CNG refuelling stations, both mother and daughter facilities.