NatGas has opened the second CNG station in Guadalajara, near the Abastos market, in the state of Jalisco. Currently, 15% of the total public transport vehicles in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara, consisting of buses, taxis and cars of digital platforms, operate with natural gas. This figure is expected to grow with the opening of the new refueling site, which has the capacity to supply more than 4,000 vehicles per day.
Josué Hernández Tapia, founder and director of NatGas, explained that converting a diesel or gasoline taxi or bus to run on natural gas requires $35,000, an investment that can be recovered in 7 or 8 months, since drivers can save almost 50% of the costs they normally spend in fuel. “In addition to these savings, we give them access to financing so they can convert their vehicles,” he said.
The governor of Jalisco Enrique Alfaro was present at the opening of the station and said that modifying diesel engines to run on natural gas is part of the process of modernization of the city’s public transport. He also announced that they plan to use CNG in the Peribús vehicles, the new BRT system that will cover the metropolitan area of the Guadalajara through the peripheral ring.
“I thank the founder of this great project, Josué Tapia, for his support so that Guadalajara can have a well-articulated infrastructure and fuel alternatives that are friendly to the environment and to the economy of consumers. NatGas is a totally Mexican company that provides a natural alternative that can mean up to 50% savings compared to Magna gasoline, making it a more ecological and economic transition fuel,” said the governor.
Currently, NatGas has 12 refueling stations in Mexico and another 18 under construction that will be operating in 2020. “We are growing in Guanajuato, León, San Luis Potosí, the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Nuevo León, and with more stations in Querétaro and Aguascalientes,” said Hernández Tapia, adding that, according to the company’s projection, they expect to have 42 natural gas stations in the country by 2022.