With the pump price of diesel hitting the rooftop and the cost of petrol creating dip holes in the balance sheet of transport operators and logistics providers, Kojo Motors, owners of the Yutong range of buses said it is providing cost-effective alternatives to the motoring public with the planned introduction and exhibition of Yutong passenger buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) at the ongoing Abuja Motorfair holding inside the International Conference Centre annex, Abuja.

By simple definition, compressed natural gas (CNG) is a natural gas under pressure that remains clear, odourless and non-corrosive. 

Although vehicles can use natural gas as either a liquid or a gas, most vehicles use the gaseous form, compressed to about 218 kg/cm2.

CNG can be used as an alternative to conventional petrol and diesel fuels.

According to the manufacturers of Yutong, the 10-meter CNG inter and intra-city compressed natural gas commercial passenger bus is coming into the Nigerian market with numerous advantages. CNG is about 50 per cent cheaper than petrol.

Under test conditions (no congestion, good road condition). Without air conditioning, when the speed is 24km/h, the 100km gas consumption is 41 cubic meters. At 32 kilometres per hour, the gas consumption per 100 kilometres is 31 cubic meters.

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“With air conditioning on, gas consumption increases by 10%. This is experimental data, specific gas consumption will be affected by road conditions, congestion, driver’s driving habits and so on, we do not promise gas consumption”. The company said.

Interior of Yutong CNG Bus
Interior of Yutong CNG Bus

In December 2020, the federal government rolled out its National Gas Expansion Program (NGEP), which involves the conversion of fuel-powered cars and generators from petrol to gas.

The program which is expected to deliver at least one million vehicle conversions by the end of 2021 aligns with the government’s plan to make gas the first-choice source for cheaper and cleaner energy.

The need to switch from petrol to gas was necessitated by the deregulation of petrol by the government, which has led to an increment in the domestic pump prices in recent times.

Recall that, the president at the 2021 Africa regional heads of government commonwealth roundtable chaired by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, reminded the world of Nigeria’s plan to replace petrol with CNG. 

While reiterating Nigeria’s commitment to a just transmission to net zero-emission, President Buhari who was represented by the vice president, Osibanjo, said “We also have our Natural Gas Expansion Programme. This is where we are using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in order to replace the use of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol), and this is going on now, we are actually trying to fit and retrofit existing petrol stations so that the use of cleaner fossil fuels will replace it”.

Furthermore, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is encouraging Nigerians to embrace the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in their automobiles as an alternative to petrol.

DPR said the use of CNG which is cheaper, safer, environment-friendly and in abundance in the country would reduce the dependency on petrol.

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