Text note taken from Naturgas dated August 10, 2023
Inspenet, August 11, 2023.
• Nearly 98% of conversions to Vehicular Natural Gas between January and July 2023 were registered in the light public transport sector (taxis).
Bogota, August 10, 2023. After more than 20 years of proven efficiency in terms of performance, economy and care for the environment, Vehicular Natural Gas has managed to consolidate itself as the best ally of the transportation sector in the country. According to an analysis carried out by the Colombian Natural Gas Association (NATURGAS), between January and July 2023, 10,304 vehicle conversions to Vehicular Natural Gas were carried out in the country, 31% more than that carried out in the same period in the year 2022.
For this industry, this growth confirms the benefits in economy and efficiency that users of natural gas for vehicles in Colombia (GNV) are receiving. This energy company has already surpassed two decades of transformation and development since its arrival in the year 2000, and today it has already reached more than 645,000 successful vehicle conversions, confirming it as an effective and affordable alternative to achieve sustainable mobility in the country, not to mention the more than 4,500 units of new vehicles dedicated to natural gas that have entered the country to contribute especially in the segment of heavy cargo and public passenger transport.
According to Luz Stella Murgas, president of Naturgas, “Vehicular Natural Gas is an energy source that can have a positive impact on the transformation of the transport sector and contribute to its decarbonisation, diversifying mobility alternatives for the benefit of air quality in cities and people’s health. In addition, it provides tangible relief from fluctuations in the prices of other fuels, providing economy and efficiency for drivers.”
Data from the sector indicate that vehicles that run on CNG engines reduce about 100% of the emissions of fine particulate matter, the most harmful to health, in addition to reducing operating costs for drivers, offering savings of up to 50%. in relation to gasoline and being the most viable alternative for the modernization of cargo transportation, with more competitive prices in almost all scenarios of removal of diesel subsidies.
Other benefits of vehicles that operate with GNV, lie in the fact that they do not have restrictions on circulation on days such as the “pico y placa” and the “day without a car”; their taxes do not exceed 1% of the commercial value of the vehicle and they have a 10% discount on SOAT insurance premiums.
In Colombia, the development of vehicles with engines dedicated to CNG has occurred mainly in the segments of public passenger transport, which to date has more than 3,000 buses circulating in the country; and cargo transportation, which reaches 1,387 units, addressing the need to modernize the fleet in these segments, and reduce polluting emissions to contribute to the decarbonization of the planet .
Thanks to its multiple economic and environmental benefits, the industry will bet on the massification of vehicle technology dedicated to natural gas as an imminent solution to air quality problems and expects the number of conversions in the country to increase exponentially in the coming years. The massification of this type of energy to replace traditional liquid fuels also represents an alleviation of the deficit of the Fuel Price Stabilization Fund – FEPC, since natural gas for vehicles is an unsubsidized type of energy.