G-mobility gaining on European motorists and hauliers – NGVA Europe
The Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) has released statistics and numbers about gas vehicle registrations and fuelling station development in 2019. The numbers not only show continuously growing sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and especially liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vehicles in Europe, but also the growth of corresponding fuelling infrastructure suggesting that G-mobility (gas mobility) is gaining momentum amongst European motorists and hauliers.
According to NGVA Europe figures for 2019, released on February 26, 2020, LNG powered heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) registrations nearly tripled compared to 2018 while LNG fillings stations increased by 50 percent over the same period.
At the same time, after the first quarter of 2019, where new vehicles were not available on the market due to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) homologation process, passenger car registrations are at a new height.
The WLTP is a laboratory test, developed by the EU, and used to measure fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions. It replaces the previously used New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test.
These numbers confirm the ever-growing attraction of natural gas mobility for European consumers. This is the result of a mature gas vehicle technology with high engine efficiency and performance, widespread infrastructure and low total cost of ownership (TCO), but also great environmental benefits of gas in transport, commented Andrea Gerini, Secretary-General NGVA Europe.
Natural gas infrastructure and vehicles are fully compatible with biomethane (aka green gas or renewable natural gas –RNG) and therefore NGVA Europe says a “potent enabler of carbon-neutral mobility. Today, the usage of natural gas is the most cost-effective way to start a concrete path to decarbonisation across the multiple dimensions of the transport sector.”