Thailands fleet of vehicles has about 463,000 methane-based vehicles. According to the NGV Journal source, the SAAGC number in the country contains about 497 units, and monthly sales reach the volume of up to 184 million cubic meters and annually up to 2 billion cubic meters. Compressed natural gas is used by urban buses, taxis and trucks in the public and private sectors, especially for touristic purposes. We also note that about 280 vehicles are repurposed on the GNC every day.
The high cost of importing petroleum products into Thailand, as well as polluted air, have given a boost to the development of alternative fuel. The government has introduced a policy to promote natural gas to save the state budget, namely:
- the price of natural gas is 50 % lower than that of diesel
- reduction of import duties on natural gas and CNG equipment
- the introduction of buses and garbage collection trucks using CNG as fuel. New buses will replace obsolete and used diesel buses in the BMTA fleet. The use of new buses involves reducing fuel costs and reducing harmful emissions to the urban environment
- The Ministry of Energy has provided free cylinders and equipment for the conversion of a fleet of taxis of 30,000 units, and also coordinates the work of the re-use centers in the oil fund. Certified reuse centers receive $163 for converting a vehicle
- credit cards and discounts for taxi drivers using GNC as fuel
- The Ministry of Finance of Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PTT Public Company Limited (which is one of the largest corporations in the country in the oil field), under which it has transmitted into use a 2 hectare plot of land for the construction of gas retaliation stations and centres.