May 28, 2021. A thousand taxi drivers from Medellín and the metropolitan area of Valle de Aburrá, Colombia, will be able to install natural gas in their vehicles at no cost, starting next Thursday, June 3, thanks to the initiative led by EPM, Ecopetrol, TGI and Transmetano, with the support of the Medellín Mayor’s Office, Fenalco and 10 partner workshops.
The General Manager of EPM, Jorge Andrés Carrillo Cardoso, indicated that “with the conversion of 1,000 more taxis to compressed natural gas (CNG) we not only contribute to caring for the environment and air quality, but also to the economy of homes, that find in natural gas a cheap energy and that adds to that shared purpose of transforming Medellín into an Eco-city and incorporating more green kilometers to the Valle de Aburrá”.
In order to access the benefit, the taxi must be model 2018 onwards and be registered in one of the 10 municipalities of the metropolitan area of the Valle de Aburrá (Medellín, Caldas, La Estrella, Sabaneta, Envigado, Itagüí, Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa).
A natural gas vehicle reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 30%, providing an improvement in air quality. “We need a Valle de Aburrá that cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and, by 2050, that is carbon neutral, which in the end becomes cleaner air,” said Daniel Quintero Calle, Mayor of Medellin.
For his part, Diego Mesa Puyo, Minister of Mines and Energy, stressed that the CNG conversion of the 1,000 taxis “is in accordance with one of the angles of the energy transition, which is sustainable mobility. Sustainable mobility does not only go through electric vehicles, but also through zero and low emission fuels; natural gas is one of those low-emission fuels and all of this obviously contributes to improving air quality, which is one of the most important objectives we have at the national level and which also coincides with local interests”.