Trinidad and Tobago will roll out first natural gas maxi taxi
First CNG maxi taxi is expected to make its debut by August 31. It is one of several developments expected over the next few weeks as NGC CNG, a subsidiary of the National Gas Company of T&T Limited, continues efforts to promote use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel across the country, reported Guardian.
NGC CNG president Curtis Mohammed, who recently gave an update on the company’s program during a CNG Kit Conversion Consultation, said: “The CNG business has created approximately $850 million in economic activity, with a significant portion of that sum coming from conversion activity.”
With 35 Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) buses already using natural gas and with growing support from the Association of Maxi Taxis of T&T (AMTTT), both significant users of diesel, Mohammed said the public transportation industry is becoming a green industry, committed to reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and the environment.
In another significant development, Diamond Motors, a member of the Ansa McAL Group of Companies, will launch the first OEM CNG heavy commercial vehicles in T&T, the Freightliner Truck, on August 26.
NGC CNG opened its first new CNG refueling facility at St. Christopher’s service station in Port of Spain on June 29. Since its opening, the site has seen a steady sales increase. Following this opening, works have been ongoing at another new CNG pump, Ramco’s Orange Grove service station, Tacarigua, as well as on restoration of CNG supply at the NPMC Carrousel service station in San Fernando. Both are expected to open before the end of September. NGC CNG’s equipment has been installed at both sites.