Skyrocketing demand for NGVs in Peru

For some of Lima’s residents, pollution is one of the major problems facing this city, causing serious health risks and effects among its residents. This pollution is increased more by old cars that are poorly maintained, adding more toxic gas into the air.

But now, the demand for new low-cost natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Peru has increased. In just one year, NGV popularity has increased to 350 percent, says Jorge Mongilardi, general manager of Ecolinea, the Peruvian distributor of the Volkswagen Gol sub-compact NGV.

Demand is being driven by the lower cost of CNG as a vehicle fuel and the increased concern about air pollution.

According to Andina news agency, the Natural Gas Vehicle Peruvian Chamber (CPGNV), in 2008 to date, over 51,000 vehicles have been converted to CNG, and 100,000 are projected for 2009.