Dubai: Al Etihad Centre, a subsidiary of Emirates Transport (ET), which specializes in modifying vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), has announced that it modified and retrofitted 900 vehicles last year.
The Centre, which serves a mixed clientele from the public and private sectors including government departments, police services, taxi companies, as well as individual motorists, has modified more than 11,000 vehicles to the dual gasoline/CNG model since its inauguration in 2010. , he said in a press release.
Abdullateif Al Ansari, director of ET’s automotive service center in Abu Dhabi, said the conversion of vehicles to CNG represents a firm translation of the company’s sustainability approach, in addition to car wash solutions at dry, tire retreading and recycling services offered by the company, all of which are an important complement to collective national efforts to achieve sustainability and green economy goals.
Al Ansari said the steady increase in demand for CNG vehicle conversions in recent years is partly due to growing awareness of its economic benefits, as well as environmental ones. He added that changing fuel prices are also expected to increase the demand for CNG conversion services.
He said: “I think a lot of people are realizing the economic and environmental benefits of using CNG as an alternative fuel.
“Transport fleet operators, as well as individual motorists, can recoup their initial conversion costs within around eight months, depending on distances travelled, which of course can be an attractive proposition,” Al added. Ansari.
He pointed out that there are three modification centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and 29 service stations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah. He added g== noting that modifying a vehicle only takes 4-5 hours and comes with a two-year or 100,000 km warranty.