Although the use of CNG in vehicles is growing rapidly and becoming widespread in several countries around the world, the use of CNG in Turkey is not increasing at the same rate. There are approximately 16 CNG filling stations in Turkey. All these stations belong to Naturelgaz and Socar. While Naturalgaz stations are located in Adapazarÿ, ÿzmir, Bursa, Bolu, Rize, Kayseri, Konya, Afyon, Çorlu, Antalya and Osmaniye, Socar stations are located on the Istanbul-ÿzmir and Istanbul-Ankara-Mersin lines. Likewise, the number of CNG distribution companies is six. Although distribution companies and service stations are limited, some municipalities have CNG vehicles in their bus fleets.
Although CNG buses are widespread, CNG has difficulties in private transportation for reasons such as the cost of converting vehicles to CNG and the lack of refueling stations in areas of use such as automobile/taxi. In fact, according to the latest data, there are around 3,000 buses (almost all buses belong to municipalities), around 250 trucks, 66 light commercial vehicles and around 450 passenger cars running on natural gas in Turkey.
The widespread use of natural gas in vehicles as a low-emission alternative to gasoline and diesel has drawn the attention of the Turkish government. Although there are abundant natural gas resources in the country, its use as a vehicle fuel has remained a bit slow compared to other applications. In recent years, both the generalization of the use of natural gas and the preference of economic and environmental factors have put the use of natural gas in vehicles as an alternative in Turkey on the order of the day.
Undoubtedly, an important advantage for the driver in Turkey is that the price of CNG in Turkey is cheaper than the price of traditional alternatives.