SEAT President Luca de Meo and the President of the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV), Jean-Claude Girot, have signed a strategic agreement to promote joint innovation projects and expand the use of natural gas in the area of mobility in France. This long-term partnership is a further step in SEAT’s strategy to spearhead growth in the segment of cars fuelled with compressed natural gas (CNG) and consolidates the company as an international benchmark.
SEAT President Luca de Meo emphasised that “with this agreement we reaffirm our commitment to developing compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles actively contribute to efficient mobility in cities, reducing emissions and fulfilling new environmental criteria.”
The AFGNV is an organisation which gathers French public, economic and industrial stakeholders, and its goal is to promote the development and use of natural gas and biogas as fuels in France. Its members include the Association Française du Gaz, vehicle manufacturers, businesses in the gas, automotive and mechanical sectors, and natural gas distributors and suppliers.
AFGNV President Jean-Claude Girot explained that “we are pleased that SEAT has joined our association, which rallies and mobilises a sector of the future with a view to sustainable growth. Their expertise will enhance that which is contributed by the 90 current members.”
Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau opened the fourth edition of the company’s Energy for Europe Conferences in Brussels, attended by European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska and other members of the European Parliament.
During his address, Brufau emphasized the need for regulation that facilitates the energy transition while maintaining the competitiveness of Europe’s energy industry.
Brufau reiterated his advocacy of natural gas as the cornerstone of achieving global CO2 emission reduction goals in the short term, making it a key energy source, along with renewables, for replacing coal in electricity generation.
Brufau also stressed that it is essential to continue innovating and developing new technologies through sustainable funding, to achieve an energy transition that will lead to a more efficient, dynamic, and environmentally-sustainable model.
“We want in Europe a smart, clean and competitive industry, which can deliver sustainable growth and quality jobs”, said Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “Innovation is crucially important in all sectors, also to turn the challenges of reducing emissions into opportunities.”
At the 2018 Paris Motor Show from October 2 to 10, 2018; Skoda the Czech brand will be demonstrating how the driver and their environment are becoming ever more closely connected. At its stand, visitors attending the show will be able to experience technologies and services virtually which make easier and more sustainable everyday mobility.
The Czech brand will be presenting its new Octavia G-TEC with more power and greater range when running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The Skoda Octavia G-TEC comes with a new, more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine (96 kW / 130 PS). Running on compressed natural gas (CNG) reduces CO2 emissions by around 25% compared to petrol. In addition, significantly less NOx is emitted and there are no soot particles.
The Skoda Octavia G-TEC is exclusively available as a COMBI and in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. It complies with the currently strictest EU6d-TEMP emissions standard and achieves a range of 480 km when travelling purely on environmentally friendly natural gas. Its three compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks have a combined total capacity of 17.7 kg. An 11.8-litre petrol tank ensures mobility in regions with no natural gas fuelling stations.
In the international market, Skoda has upgraded its range of eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The Skoda Octavia G-TEC is now powered by a new and more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine that generates 128bhp of power. The vehicle is exclusively available in a Combi body style in Active, Ambition and Style trims. The company claims that it achieves a range of 480-kilometres in the eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) mode.
The new 1.5-litre engine in the Skoda Octavia G-TEC has an output of 128bhp of power, about 19bhp more powerful than its predecessor. The vehicle also complies with EU6d-TEMP, the most stringent current emission standard. The car switches to the petrol mode automatically once the compressed natural gas (CNG) supply is run out and uses the 11.8-litre petrol in the additional tank. The new engine comes mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
The Skoda Connect online services for the G-TEC also includes the Emergency Call and Care Connect. The app also gives details to the driver about the remaining compressed natural gas (CNG), petrol and overall range.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuelling stations across its service territory, as well as at six sites in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. It expects to complete gas purchase agreements in the near future.
Renewable natural gas is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies and depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative.
“Using renewable natural gas at our stations will help clean the air for Southern California communities and support the state’s clean energy future,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas’ vice president of customer solutions and strategy.
As California policymakers have sought to expand the production and use of renewable energy, SoCalGas has been working to expand the production and use of renewable natural gas in California.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States.
Itaipu Binacional and the International Center for Renewable Energies – Biogas (CIBiogás) presented the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron on September 10, 2018; designed to work with natural gas as the main fuel.
Launched recently in the European market, the vehicle represents an important innovation framework for the exclusive use of renewable resources in its production. In addition, the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron is designed to work on natural gas as the main fuel guaranteeing the absorption of all the CO2 emissions generated in its production and petrol as a secondary option.
It will be the first tests with a vehicle with this technology covered by the factory conducted by teams of Itaipu and CIBiogás. The guests will be able to know the advantages of this technology tuned with the most modern sustainable mobility trends.
The arrival of the A5 Sportback G-Tron for a test phase is a recognition of Audi’s pioneering action in Brazil conducted by Itaipu and CIBiogás.
Source: Itaipú and CIBiogás
GAIN Clean Fuel/U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce two new hires and a promotion as part of a strategic move to support growing demand for natural gas within the transportation sector.
Randy Richards joins GAIN Clean Fuel as a business development manager to promote the adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative fuel within the areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.
“GAIN Clean Fuel has a broad product and service offering, and I look forward to providing unique and flexible solutions to our customers,” Richards says. “This includes expanding Gain’s established CNG infrastructure, providing RNG to fleets seeking greenhouse gas emission reductions and processing grants to offset incremental vehicle costs, strengthening the economic value proposition for fleets seeking clean fuel solutions.”
It’s exciting to join a company that continually strives to deliver on its vision, invests in its people, and provides their customers with innovative, cutting-edge solutions,” Richards adds. “I intend to bring the company’s core values to an audience of new customers who are looking for a better way to grow and stay relevant in today’s marketplace.”
Marci LaMantia has been hired to focus on market development throughout North America. In her role, LaMantia will identify progressive companies looking to either adopt or expand use of compressed natural gas (CNG), educating them on the benefits of partnering with GAIN Clean Fuel to meet their financial and sustainability goals.
Marci brings more than 20 years of experience within the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market, most recently holding account executive and market development positions with Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). During Marci’s tenure, she was responsible for the dramatic growth of compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and natural gas vehicle (NGV) adoption of leading school districts, transit authorities and municipalities fleets within Southern California.
To continuously provide industry-leading customer support, GAIN Clean Fuel is proud to promote Sara Wiegert to national account manager. She will be responsible for creating outstanding experiences for the company’s customers. Sara will work closely with the business development managers on growth and relationship management within GAIN Clean Fuel’s customer base, further allowing the sales staff to focus on new customer acquisition. Sara brings a strong supply chain, project management and customer service background to the team.
“I’m passionate about the satisfaction of our customers and am excited to find efficiencies throughout their alternative fuel journey, Wiegert says. “Ultimately, I want fleets to be proud of their decision to transition to NGVs, as well as partner with GAIN Clean Fuel.”
“The expansion of our sales team is strategic for us – bringing a broader set of industry knowledge and connections,” says Scott Hanstedt, director of sales for GAIN Clean Fuel. “We’re well-positioned to be the fuel provider of choice for fleets seeking emission reductions and economic savings.”
Source: U.S. Gain
Snam and api Group have signed a framework agreement for the development of approximately 200 new natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations in Italy, within IP commercial network. The agreement is part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and aims to extend the distribution network of natural gas for transport throughout the country.
Under the agreement, Snam and api Group will jointly identify existing fuelling stations on the IP ordinary and motorway networks where they will be able to install facilities to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to cars. The first 30 stations will be bound by contract within the first few months of 2019.
The use of natural gas in transport is one of the leading technologies available to help reduce emissions and improve air quality, as well ensuring significant financial benefits for consumers.
The agreement will help promote sustainable mobility in Italy therefore benefitting both the environment and consumers. Snam4Mobility’s initiatives are aimed at sector operators to support the development of natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations and their increased presence in the country’s various regions, which will help improve the quality of supply to consumers.
The diffusion of innovative and sustainable fuels such as methane is consistent with the development path of the api Group which is today, with over 5000 service stations throughout Italy, the leading Italian operator in the fuel sector by number of distribution points.
PROVIRIDIS through its distribution subsidiary V-GAS has opened a new natural gas station in Saint-Martin-de-Crau, a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.
The 24-hour V-GAS station is equipped with a compressed natural gas (CNG) and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) dispensers and is manned by a pump attendant to support drivers.
V-GAS is set to open another station in Plan d’Orgon in line with its plans to establish a network of 18 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the region in three years.
In June, V-GAS opened an LNG station in Saint Quentin Fallavier, 30 km south east of Lyon.
Source: PROVIRIDIS and V-GAS
SEAT has streamlined the Mii range to make the urban car an easier purchase option. This popular small car is aimed directly at the youth-urban driver market. The updated version now include three trim levels: Style, Chic and FR Line – all of which are operated with compressed natural gas (CNG).
The SEAT Mii will be exclusively available as a 5-door version and offers many technological features including BeatsAudio®, infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, SD Card and smartphone integration with dedicated DriveMii App (available on AppStore and Google Play Store) and air conditioning.
In keeping with the character of the Mii, an additional combination of styling and modern technologies can be added with the Easy Flex, Winter Pack and Sensoric Pack. Easy Flex brings the practicality of a double boot floor, seat adjustment and a hook in the glove box to Style vehicles.
The Winter Pack adds heated seats, electric and heated exterior mirrors, while the Sensoric Pack brings cruise control, rear parking sensors, rain and light sensors as well as LED daytime running lights. There are also a number of options including a sunroof, spare wheel and safety assist among others.
The SEAT Mii is fitted with a 68PS CNG engine making it the best ECO alternative in the market.