ADNOC Distribution reports the yearly conversion rate to Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has registered a sustained and growing uptake. In 2016, on an average to date, 130 cars per month have been converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Convenience and attractive economics are the primary reasons for end-users to make the switch from conventionally fuelled vehicles to NGVs. The current price of CNG is about 25% lower than the price of gasoline in Abu Dhabi. With conversion cost of a gasoline car to CNG at about AED 6,000 (USD 1,635), the amount spent on conversion is paid back in less than three years if the NGV is travelling at 150 km per day. The pay back is far more attractive for taxis and fleets of some of the organisations in the emirate where the average daily travel is significantly higher.
Additionally customers also take into consideration various factors prior to making the change – such as lower maintenance and enhanced safety in NGVs.
With regard to special promotions, since the introduction of NGVs ADNOC Distribution has strived to enhance its services and offerings for the benefit of the NGV market. In order to promote and encourage the use of CNG, the company has made concerted efforts at reducing the cost of conversion by at least 20%. In addition, many promotional campaigns have been launched for fleet owners and taxi companies to increase the number of vehicles operating on the cleaner CNG fuel option.
ADNOC Distribution complies with the European standards (ECE R110 and 115) adopted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
ADNOC Distribution also employs the Electronic Injection Gas System – the latest technology available in the market.
In the emirate of Abu Dhabi CNG is the fuel of choice for more than 5,000 NGVs (including buses).
Thus far, ADNOC Distribution has commissioned 22 CNG stations for vehicles that run on natural gas. This number is expected to surge to 34 stations by Q2 2017. Furthermore, in anticipation of greater demand and uptake over the next two years, ADNOC Distribution has already lined up several expansionary refuelling network projects for activation.
(Source: ADNOC Distribution)