New Natural Gas Vehicles Report states: ‘The chicken and the egg dilemma is on its way to being cracked’

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With nearly 3000 Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) filling stations across the EU as of March 2014, and even more planned as part of the EU Commission TEN-T Network, investment in NGVs is set to soar from 2015 onwards along with the roll-out of Euro6 gas vehicles. A new report highlights the key statistics and forecasts regarding infrastructure, vehicle investment and market size for European NGVs.

January 2014 saw the introduction of the European Union’s new transport infrastructure policy to connect the continent’s alternative fuel filling network by 2020. This new initiative – the TEN-T project – is driven by two factors: the aim to reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign oil used in transport and the aim to reduce vehicle emissions, which currently total 20% of Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Further development of infrastructure cannot come quickly enough for European fleets looking for alternative fuel options to cut costs and reduce their emissions in line with sustainability targets. Within the EU, there are currently just fewer than 3,000 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling stations (2,500 public and 500 private) as well as about 220 planned stations. However, many commercial fleets rely on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to fuel their heavy duty vehicles (HDVs). LNG infrastructure development is far behind that of CNG, with only around 40 stations for LNG operational. See the NGV Market Report for a full breakdown of current and planned stations.

However, the latest EU policy is tackling this issue head on. The policy aims to install LNG refuelling stations for trucks every 400 kilometres along the roads of the Trans-European Core Network by 2020. Additionally, the EU Commission LNG Blue Corridors project has opened 3 filling stations in 2014 already and has 11 more planned. This innovative consortium of NGV industry leaders will provide €14.3 million in developing LNG infrastructure, a new generation of Euro VI dual-fuelled and dedicated LNG vehicles and standardisation for LNG fuel tanks and other equipment.

Daniela Rosca, Head of the Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit at the European Commission will be providing further details on the policy at this year’s Natural Gas Vehicles Europe Summit (taking place November 25-26 in Amsterdam). Fleets or industry professionals seeking information or opportunities to connect with key industry members can hear from not only Ms Rosca, but Xavier Ribas, the Coordinator for the LNG Blue Corridors, as well as Gas Natural Fenosa – who have recently opened one of the first LNG stations in the project network. See a full speaker list on the event webpage.

The 3rd Annual Natural Gas Vehicles Conference & Exhibition is organised by FC Gas Intelligence – the leading information and networking portal for NGVs in Europe and the US.

Download the report for a full 28-page market analysis here.

For all enquiries regarding NGVs in Europe, details on the event or report, please contact:
Jessica Allen | Jessica(at)fc-gi(dot)com | +44 (0) 207 422 4314

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