In an interview with Efe, Mikel Palomera, the newly appointed global head of the compressed natural gas (CNG) strategy of SEAT, estimated that 1,000 units (1% of its sales) were registered last year in Spain.
At present, the range includes the Mii, Seat Leon and Leon ST (family) models and the new Ibiza. In the future there will be a version of the new Arona and its feasibility will be studied in the Ateca.
The forecast for 2018 is that 3% of the total sales of SEAT will be CNG vehicles, a percentage that in 2020 will rise to 10%, according to Mikel Palomera.
For the Spanish manger, these type of hybrid vehicles contain a petrol tank of 40-50 liters (depending on the model) and 3-15 kilos with the CNG-powered versions. The CNG SEAT vehicles are cheaper and more ecological compared to electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrids because its autonomy is greater, cost per kilometer is lower and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy delivered are much lower than traditional fuels.
Source: GNV Magazine
Onboard Dynamics has declared the launch of its GoFlo CNG-80 mobile natural gas compressor for commercial use. The compression capacity of the GoFlo CNG-80 compressor makes it cost effective for smaller fleets of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and for the initial deployment of CNG vehicles in larger fleets.
Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics believes that the low cost and flexibility associated with the GoFlo product will only lead to an increased attractiveness of operating vehicles. “Because it is self-powered, the GoFlo compressor provides cost saving and new capabilities to the CNG industry,” she added.
The modular design of the GoFlo compressor ensures fleet operators the opportunity to expand their CNG vehicle inventory by increasing GoFlo units as demand increases, without needing costly electrical power upgrades.
The GoFlo compressor is easy to relocate in the event that a CNG fleet needs to be redeployed, and the unit can serve as a backup to dedicated CNG refuelling stations. In addition, freedom from electricity supports the operating reliability of CNG fleets in the event of a natural disaster.
A limited number of GoFlo CNG-80 compressors will be available for delivery the second quarter of 2018 before production increases up the second half of the year.
Source: Onboard Dynamics
During her visit at the FPT Industrial plant, the French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in charge of Transport, Elisabeth Borne, reiterated the government’s support for the natural gas sector. The FPT Industrial plant located in Bourbon-Lancy, Saone et Loire, is where compressed natural gas (CNG) engines are manufactured.
“I am very happy to be in this beautiful place anchored in its territory, which shows that the industry has a future in our country, and that the energy transition is an employment opportunity.” I thank Iveco, the French Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (AFGNV) and all the industry players for this day of exchange and their constant participation to advance in the sector,” said Elisabeth Borne in her speech.
“I would like to highlight the specific issue of biogas: CNG allows significant reductions in fine particles and NOx emissions, but it will not allow, without biogas, to comply with our climate objectives. It is necessary to go further, faster, to develop the production of biogas, I believe a lot in the CNG industry and I am sure that together we will achieve our clean mobility goals,” she added.
Source: GNV Magazine