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Here are the most common questions we are asked about the great advantages of switching to CNG fuel, including information about how to convert your vehicle. If you have any additional questions not seen here, please fill out the form on our Contact Page, and we will do our very best to answer your questions within 2 business days.

Is CNG is Cheaper than liquid fuels?

The retail price of CNG is $1.00 per litre. On switching to CNG, consumers will save:

– 83% of their fuel bill if they used premium gasoline at $5.75/litre

– 72% if they used super gasoline at $3.58 per litre

– 50% if they used diesel at $2.00/litre.

Is CNG is Cleaner than liquid fuels?

CNG does not contain sulphur, particulate matter, heavy metal traces, or toxic additives.

CNG burns cleaner than liquid fuels and leaves no by-products of combustion to contaminate spark plugs and engine oil. This translates into lower vehicle maintenance costs.

Is CNG is Safer than liquid fuels?

CNG cylinders are manufactured under very strict international standards and are subject to rigorous pressure and damage tests.

CNG is lighter than air and if released, rises quickly and dissipates reducing the risk of ignition. Gasoline vapours are heavier than air and will stay closer to the ground which increases the risk of ignition.

CNG has a higher ignition temperature than gasoline or diesel (600ºC vs. 320ºC and 285oC respectively). For this reason, CNG vehicles are the least likely to catch fire under any circumstance.

CNG cylinders are equipped with safety devices which are designed to release the gas in the event of higher than normal pressure or temperature.

In a collision, CNG cylinders are much less dangerous than a gasoline or diesel tank due to the extra robustness, structure, shape and location in the vehicle.

Is CNG is Greener than liquid fuels?

CNG is more environmentally friendly since it produces 25% less carbon dioxide than gasoline and 35% less than diesel.

CNG has an octane number of 125 compared to gasoline which ranges from 92 to 95. This can result in improved overall engine performance and efficiency.

CNG engines reduce noise pollution by running smoother and quieter than gasoline or diesel engines.

Are There Any CNG Fiscal Incentives?

Removal of Motor Vehicle Tax and Value Added Tax on imported vehicles (less than 2 years old) which are manufactured to use natural gas.

For Individuals – 25% tax credit on the cost of converting a vehicle to use CNG up to a conversion cost limit of $10,000.00 per vehicle.

For Fleets – Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of converting a vehicle to use CNG.

For Installers – Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of plant, machinery and equipment needed to provide CNG installations.

What Is The Current CNG Station Infrastructure?

Over 20 million Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and over 25 thousand CNG refuelling stations are in operation in 85 different countries worldwide. Plans are underway to significantly expand the network of CNG filling stations across Trinidad and Tobago.

Location of existing CNG filling stations in Trinidad:

– Beetham highway, East bound

– Brentwood, Chaguanas

– Eastern Main Road, Mt. Lambert (under repairs)

– UniPet Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua

– Frisco junction, Point Fortin (under repairs)

– Maritime roundabout, Barataria (under repairs)

– Mon Repos roundabout, San Fernando

– Rushworth Street, San Fernando

– Southern main road, Chaguanas

– Southern main road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Curepe

– PTSC Compound, City Gate, Port-of-Spain

– NGC’s Field Office, Couva

CNG stations due to open in Quarter 1 2016

– Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Orange Grove

– Starlight Plaza, Diego Martin

– St Christopher’s Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain

– O’Meara Rd

Mobile refuelling stations will transport CNG on trucks or trailers and at certain locations, will make CNG available where there are no physical pipelines.

Are There Any Macro-Economic Benefits of CNG?

Using CNG reduces the Government subsidy resulting from the use of gasoline or diesel.

Using CNG generates foreign income from the sale of the displaced liquid fuels to foreign markets at international fuel prices.

Using CNG lowers household expenditure and makes cash available for other important uses.

What Are The Most Common CNG Vehicle Applications?

Worldwide, there are cars, vans, scooters, motorbikes, tricycles, buses and trucks either manufactured or modified to run on CNG.

Options for CNG in vehicles:

– Mono Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG with no liquid fuel backup.

– Bi-Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG and can also use gasoline which is stored as a backup fuel. This improves driving range between fills.

– Dual Fuel vehicles use a mixture of diesel and CNG at all times.

PTSC has switched 10% of its existing fleet of diesel buses to mono fuel OEM CNG.

The Government is demonstrating its commitment to the widespread use of CNG by converting state vehicles where practical.

Some of the local auto dealers are already making available, imported CNG ready vehicles eg Honda City CNG & Mercedes E200.

CNG Converters: Massy ACL in Arima is an approved converter and 2 other companies are in the final stages of approval by the regulator.

Quick Info

What is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)?

CNG is natural gas compressed to 3000 psi. A typical passenger car converted to use CNG or an OEM CNG vehicle normally have a capacity of approximately 15 litres gasoline equivalent of CNG, which can take you depending on your driving habits up to 200km. At today’s prices 15 litres of CNG will cost 15 dollars. Its important to note, one litre gasoline equivalent of CNG will take you the same distance as one litre of gasoline.

How Does Compress Natural Gas (CNG) Power a Vehicle?

To use CNG instead of diesel or gasoline fuels, you must first get your vehicle converted. Once converted, when CNG reaches the combustion chamber it mixes with air, is ignited by a spark and the and the energy from the explosion moves the vehicle.

Converting your Vehicle

Massy ACL in Arima is an approved converter and 2 other companies are in the final stages of approval by the regulator.

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