Claims First Certification, Displays with ANGI and Inflex
Mexico City-based Gazo is claiming the first certification of a taxi converted to CNG for its local megalopolis and showed the vehicle, an upfitted Nissan Tsuru, at NGV Global 2012.
The certification follows approximately 500 conversions Mexico-wide, said Gazo special projects director Waldo Gonzalez. The largest cluster is in Juarez, he said, projecting about 200 natural gas vehicles there next year.
The driver? Fuel cost savings of about 46%, he says, citing a gasoline price of 10.63 pesos per liter and a gasoline liter equivalent price of 5.5 pesos (81¢ and 42¢ U.S. per liter, respectively).
The market? Gonzalez said there are about 30,000 taxis in Mexico City alone, and that in addition to fuel savings, conversion of older cars exempts them from a regulation prohibiting them from operating for one day each week, and one Saturday per month.
‘We Are Only Just Starting’
Mexico City also has 5,000 CNG-candidate trucks and another 5,000 miscellaneous vehicles, Gonzalez said. He told F&F that he has about 50 orders for vehicles like the Nissan Tsuru exhibited at the show.
Issues include financing, warranties, and of course infrastructure. “It’s very young,” Gonzalez said of the Mexican NGV market. “We are only just starting.”
Gazo exhibited at NGV Global 2012 Inflex, its Argentinean compressed natural gas cylinder supplier, and ANGI, which installs CNG fueling stations.
Inflex cylinders are distributed in the U.S. by CNGci, Southern California’s CNG Cylinders International.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at NGV Global 2012 in Mexico City