Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has moved to adopt NGV1 compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling connectors in the country as part of their renewed natural gas vehicle (NGV) program. The country has had a moderate presence of up to 3,000 NGVs to date but the government is now working towards increasing that to 100,000 within the next five years.
With the exception of a few recently imported converted vehicles, the existing NGV fleet is fitted with older connectors using a standard developed in New Zealand in the 1980s. Long time local converter, Automotive Components Ltd (ACL) has been given authority by the Government to inspect existing NGVs and convert their refuelling connectors to the NGV1 coupling. CNG refuelling stations will operate with both nozzles for now but are expected to be operating solely on NGV1 within the next year.