May 13, 2021. In the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, more and more drivers are opting for the use of compressed natural gas (CNG). The numbers demonstrate this reality, with significant advances from the end of 2020 to the beginning of this year.
According to data published by the State Gas Company of Minas Gerais (Gasmig), in the first four months of this year some 1,212 vehicles were converted to the gaseous fuel. This represents a 500% increase compared to the third quarter of last year.
The President of the entity, Pedro Magalhães, points out that the freezing of the CNG price was one of the reasons that contributed to the increase in the number of conversions. In March, Gasmig announced a three-month freeze, which will expire in early June.
In addition, according to Magalhães, the competitiveness of CNG against gasoline and ethanol, for example, also contributed to leverage the figures. The entity also highlights the incentive campaigns carried out by Gasmig to increase the use of this alternative fuel.
In this scenario, even, according to Gasmig data, with R$ 50 it is possible for a vehicle to travel 194 km using CNG. The number drops to 92 km for gasoline and 87 km for ethanol.
“There is a question of the economy and also of the environment. Natural gas is less polluting”, highlights Magalhães.
The growth in the number of vehicles that use CNG should not stop here, according to Magalhães. He points out that expectations are very positive in relation to what lies ahead and that progress can reach an even more intense pace than what is being experienced now.
In addition, Gasmig warns that “it has been carrying out recovery work on the CNG chain in Minas Gerais, through the Accelerate Minas with NGV Program, investing in the training and infrastructure of the partner workshops, as well as the promotion of the ‘NGV Product’. It is also focusing on establishing more alliances with associations and entities in the spare parts and fuel sector, among others”.