The Federal District of Mexico, could be home to 4.5 million natural gas vehicles, if a strategic plan proposed by Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) is implemented. The company has unveiled a 20-year plan that would commence with the immediate installation of 10 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations, and includes all the necessary infrastructure and retraining workshops.
GNF’s plan has the potential to significantly mitigate the serious air pollution problems faced by Mexico City. If realized, the plan could enable the Federal District to reach 65% of the emissions reduction target presented in its 2020 Climate Action Plan, according to Rene Sanchez, head of the Natural Gas Vehicle Expansion Project.
GNF says the project could prevent the emission of more than 6.57 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) into the atmosphere, equivalent to reducing up to 80% of current emissions generated by vehicles in the Federal District.
In addition to environmental benefits, fuel will also be cheaper at approximately 50% of the cost of gasoline. Converted vehicles will retain the option to use gasoline, the bi-fuel capacity being essential while infrastructure development takes place. Currently only a few public transport vehicles use natural gas.
Scania AB, through its national company Scania México, introduced the first dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) Scania Euro 6 bus in May, now undergoing testing in Mexico City.
Earlier in the year, Daewoo Mexico announced it will manufacture Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in Mexico, and Omnitek Engineering Corporation, Californian developer of natural gas engines and diesel-to-natural gas conversion systems, said it has received aggregated orders for natural gas engine management technology and components for 40 buses for Querétaro, Mexico.