The plan to burn passenger cars was implemented many years ago in two formats, CNG and LPG. The main gas-burning vehicles of the country constitute the public transport fleet. Taxis consume a lot of fuel due to their high efficiency during the day, and naturally, using gasoline is not economical for them. But now more information has been published about the free plan to gasify city cars.
Car gas burning is not without its drawbacks and causes its own troubles. The government is seeking to provide the necessary infrastructure to burn more cars. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, director of the CNG project at the National Petroleum Products Distribution Company, spoke in detail about the new phase of the project.
In the plan of free conversion of public vehicles to gas-burning, the conversion of 1 million and 460 thousand vehicles according to the approval of the Economic Council, has been targeted, of which 70 thousand public vehicles have been gas-fired so far.
According to statistics, by the first week of February, 100,240 of the 209,969 vehicles registered in the free conversion scheme were approved and eligible.
Of those 100,000 cars, 69,461 were burned by the end of the first week of February, and 16,500 are waiting. Most of the registration statistics were related to the provinces of West Azerbaijan and Mazandaran.
In an interview with ISNA, Bagheri announced the conversion of 200,000 private passenger cars in the framework of this decree. He also postponed the conversion of online taxis and organized agency vehicles to the next stage of the project, adding that 25 to 30 percent of the cost of converting this group of vehicles should be covered by their owners.
Referring to the daily distribution of 22 to 23 million cubic meters of CNG in the country, Bagheri also welcomed the increase of 3 million cubic meters of consumption compared to last year and considered it in order to expand the share of CNG in the country’s fuel basket.
Regarding the refueling situation, Bagheri stated that the number of active CNG stations is currently 2,493 and that 68 stations are under construction.
However, in his opinion, the increase in the price of CNG equipment has delayed the development of new stations, and he considered the construction of small-scale stations in large cities as the best way to better distribute this fuel. According to Bagheri, the cooperation of municipalities to allocate space to implement the idea of small stations is the first step that must be taken.