With financing from the Energy Social Inclusion Fund (FISE), the NGV Savings program, which is present in nine regions of Peru, “has allowed many small business owners in the transportation sector to be financed, generating a direct benefit for them and their families,” according to the ministry.
According to Vanti, installations of natural gas equipment increased by 268%, especially in the last four months of 2023. The departments where conversions have grown the most are Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander and Cesar. So far this year, a total of 6,273 installations have been carried out compared to the 3,598 performed in 2022.
The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Juan Carlos Muñoz Abogabír announced a new decree that modifies the current regulations and allows vehicles that can be converted to CNG to be extended up to 15 years old in Chile. The ministry carried out a pilot plan and observed that these adapted vehicles generated much less emissions.
Due to the shortage of LPG, recorded in recent days at the national level and which is mainly affecting the pockets of users, Cálidda suggested drivers to convert their vehicles to the natural gas “because it is cheaper and abundant.” There are 300 CNG stations throughout Peru, in addition to 150 authorized conversion workshops.
According to a new report from NATURGAS, between January and July 2023, 10,304 vehicle conversions were achieved in Colombia, 31% more than in the same period in 2022. CNG has already surpassed two decades of development since its arrival in 2000 and, to date, has reached more than 645,000 conversions and more than 4,500 new dedicated NGVs.
Together with the agency VMLY&R COMMERCE | Geometry, Vanti launched a new ad titled “Conviértete” (become a believer). They used the most representative image of “Día de la Virgen del Carmen” to give the message of NGV “evangelization”, with a series of prints showing various vehicles wrapped in a mist of pollution, accompanied by the effective call to action.
The conversion of vehicles to natural gas during 2022, 73,563 units in total, exceeded by more than 350% compared to the figures in 2019, a pre-pandemic year, according to the latest report from the Road Observatory of the Automotive Association of Peru (AAP). Last year, the country also reached the record number of 394,048 vehicles converted to CNG.
The Ministry of Petroleum announced the conversion of about 17,000 vehicles from gasoline to bi-fuel operation from July to October. For this, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) has signed two contracts at EGP 200 million with Egyptian International Gas Technology (GASTEC) and CARGAS.
The Consortium will launch a new incentive plan, through which carriers will get four-year interest-free financing for an amount of up to US$ 45,000, for switching diesel engines to natural gas. They also informed the addition of 40 CNG buses and the construction of a fourth CNG station in Cusco, and the development of an LNG Corridor in central and southern Peru.
LR Indústria e Comércio Ltda (Brazilian branch of Landi Renzo Spa) started an alliance with Uber to offer driver partners the chance of switching their cars to natural gas by renting a dedicated kit. The conversion must be carried out at Gas Specialist workshops that participate in the initiative. The monthly kit rental will be deducted directly from the driver’s earnings.