Recently, government and institutional authorities have talked about the conveniences of using natural gas as a way to reduce operating costs and thus address rising and fluctuating prices of traditional fuels. Among the actions that have been mentioned is the conversion to CNG of vehicles that use gasoline or diesel, a process that represents an investment of approximately $35,000 on average (about US$ 1,800), which can be recovered in a period of three years (considering the reduction of fuel costs with their current prices), according to the Mexican Natural Gas Association (AMGN).
In Mexico there are more than 20 specialized and authorized conversion workshops, which have the highest technology and guarantee the efficiency and safety of the vehicle. Once it is done, the workshop must validate the car with the Energy Regulatory Commission, which verifies that the vehicle has the safety measures required to circulate.
Besides the economic issue, another of the benefits of doing this type of conversion is the environmental issue. CNG is recognized by the Kyoto protocol as the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel; through its use CO2 emissions can be reduced by 25%, NOx by 35% and suspended particles by up to 99%.
Globally, the leading countries in vehicle conversion to natural gas are:
- China with 5 million units
- Iran 4 million units
- Pakistan 3 million units
- Argentina 2.3 million units
- India 1.8 million units
- Brazil 1.78 million units
In contrast, according to information from NGVGlobal, in Mexico there are about 8,000 natural gas vehicles, representing 0.02% of the automotive fleet and approximately 20 CNG fueling stations.
In order to address the benefits of using natural gas and other alternative fuels, Altfuels Mexico 2017 will be held at the World Trade Center of Mexico City, with free access to the public, and organized by GNV Latin America – Altfuels Communications Group. From 4 to 7 April there will be conferences, exhibitions and more activities to raise awareness about the advantages of natural gas and clean energy.
You can register as a visitor for free here and speed your entry into the venue. Access to the WTC will be by Filadelfia, S/N, as well as by Dakote, S/N, Col. Nápoles, Del. Benito Juárez, Mexico City, C.P. 03810.
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