‘10pc More Ngvs On The Road This Year’
The number of natural gas vehicles (NGV) on the roads is expected to grow by 10 per cent by next year as more users opt for the compressed natural gas (CNG) amid rising fuel prices.
According to statistics released by NGV Global, as of December 2013, there were about 56,000 vehicles powered by the alternative gas in the country.
Malaysia Association Natural Gas Vehicle (MANGVI) Installer President Datuk Danny Tan said a new and positive trend has been emerging in Malaysia lately, where people are increasingly accepting of NGVs.
Tan said the number of vehicle owners opting for natural gas engines is steadily increasing and the demand for the use of CNG is expected to continue to rise following the subsidy rationalisation measures announced by the government recently.
“There is no denying the impact of the subsidy rationalisation measures such as reducing fuel subsidy and the implementation of the goods and services tax will encourage consumers to reduce their monthly expenses.
“NGVs can provide savings of up to 70 per cent compared to gasoline consumption, depending on the type of vehicle model,” he told a press conference, here, yesterday.
Currently, there are a total of 176 NGV stations in Malaysia.
In conjunction with Malaysia’s 57th Independence, MANGVI will organise a record-breaking natural gas vehicle convoy on November 29 and 30.
Tan said the convoy is held to raise public awareness on the safety, benefit and advantages of using NGVs.
A total of 57 natural gas-powered vehicles will join the expedition by traveling as far as 885km.
“The convoy will start and end at two of our significant Unesco’s World Heritage Cities — from Ayer Keroh, Malacca, to Georgetown, Penang,” Tan said.