TEHRAN, Iran, Nov. 30
Iran has the capacity to produce CNG as the first fuel for cars due to its huge gas resources and having a national network of natural gas transmission lines, the chairman of the board of directors of the country's CNG union Mohsen Johari said, Trend reports via ILNA.
"In the current situation and restrictions on gas exports due to sanctions, increasing the use of CNG can create great economic benefits by increasing gasoline exports, but until then, the CNG can be consumed domestically as the main fuel for vehicles in the country," Johari said.
He went on to say that at present the country's gas exports are less than 50 million cubic meters per day and consumption is equivalent to 50 percent of the country's gas export amount.
“Reducing air pollution is of the benefit of using CNG in metropolitan areas,” Johari added.
He went on to add that production of dual-fuel vehicles (cars running on CNG and gasoline) by domestic automakers has sharply decreased.
"The government needs to take measures to solve this problem," he said.
Johari noted that if proper attention is paid to solving problems in supply and demand of CNG, there is a possibility of increasing the share of CNG in the fuel basket of vehicles.