The Russian government has proposed increasing subsidies for converting vehicles from gasoline to compressed natural gas (methane) from 30% to 60% of the cost of rework. Another 30% will be allocated by the state-owned company Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, which is the main supplier of methane for cars in the country.
- According to RBC, this proposal was made by the Minister of Energy Alexander Novak. An unnamed spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said the government supported the minister's idea. However, no date has been set for the start of additional subsidies.
- It is planned that both individuals and legal entities will receive compensation. Alexander Frolov, deputy director of the Institute of National Energy, said that re-equipment of one passenger car costs 30-100 thousand rubles, depending on its class and capacity, and a truck - from 100 to 500 thousand rubles.
The government expects that up to 10-12 thousand cars in 2020 will be switched to gas thanks to the launch of a new program. According to the Ministry of Energy, about 15 thousand cars were converted in Russia in 2019, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for converting cars to another type of fuel has dropped sharply.