Thailand’s national energy company, PTT Public Company Limited, reports that by end of 2011 the total number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has increased to 300,581 units from 162,023 units back in 2009 (85.5% growth). These figures represent a 34% OEM market share, compared to just 10% versus conversion models just two years previous.
There has been a corresponding increase in Thailand’s natural gas consumption, to 112,554 tons/day, of which 4.5% comes from the transportation sector.
The country has 10 major vehicle manufacturers (Chevrolet, Hino, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Proton, Tata Motors, Toyota) producing CNG vehicles with additional models and manufacturers expected to enter the market through 2012 in order to meet the fast expanding local and regional demands for NGVs.
NGVs are used for taxi’s, passenger vans, private cars, tuk tuks, buses, pick-up trucks, boats and heavy duty vehicles, most extensively for commercial trucking.
In response to current limited pipeline infrastructure for CNG supply, PTT has adopted three “cost effective” alt-fuel strategies to broaden its outreach:
- LCNG (Liquid Compressed Natural Gas) – an LCNG Supply Station is available for remote areas that are far from the natural gas pipeline.
- CBG (Compressed Biomethane Gas) is currently being introduced to remote areas as an alternative fuel.
- PTT has teamed up with Family Transportation Co. to convert boat taxis to run on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
This report prepared from an “Industry Report NGV” supplied by PTT Public Company Limited in support of the NGV Bangkok 2012 event (Nov. 1-3)