Minister unveils number of vehicles transformed to be gas-powered in 2020

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Thu, 24 Dec 2020 - 01:49 GMT

FILE - Minister of Industry and Trade Nevine Gamea

FILE - Minister of Industry and Trade Nevine Gamea

CAIRO – 24 December 2020: Minister of Industry and Trade Nevine Gamea stated Wednesday that more than 45,000 fuel-powered vehicles were transformed into gas-powered vehicles in 2020.

 

The ministry is working into a target of transforming 150,000 vehicles in three years at a cost of LE1.2 billion.

 

Only cars manufactured less than 20 years ago and having engines whose capacity is at least 70 percent can be transformed. The procedure is carried by a state-owned company called Gastech, and its value – worth LE8,000-LE12,000 -  is paid in installments.

 

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources targets transforming 50,000 gasoline-powered cars into natural gas ones in FY2020/2021. The plan includes introducing 50 natural gas stations annually until the total hits 366.

 

The number of gas-powered vehicles – including taxis - in Egypt was 320,000 out of 7 million passenger cars in 2018.

 

Additional reporting by Noha El Tawil

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