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Sharp Increase in CNG Filling Stations by 2020 in Belgium

The additional outlets include 25 which will be added to the network run by Dats 24, a fuel company part the Colruyt distribution group which made the announcement at the opening of the Brussels auto show. This will bring the specialised fuel brand’s compressed natural gas (CNG) stations to 88.

Natural gas cars are designed for every user profile, they are affordable and they offer an immediate solution for improving air quality, factors which explain why more and more of these vehicles are being registered in Brussels, Dats 24 noted.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) gives off up to 31% less CO2 and reduces fine-particle and NOx emissions by 75%, according to a study by the Electricity and Gas Regulation Commission.

More and more manufacturers are opting for compressed natural gas (CNG). “The market is finally beginning to take off and we’re delighted at that,” said a Dats source, citing Fiat, Opel, Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Ssangyong and Toyota as companies manufacturing natural-gas cars.

According to the Mobility and Transport Department, about 4,000 cars powered by natural gas were registered in 2018 in Belgium. When trucks and vans are added, the total amounts to about 5,000, double the 2017 figure.

At the end of 2018, there were 14,200 CNG vehicles and 11,900 electric cars on Belgian roads.

Source: The Brussels Times

SEAT Enhances CNG Version of the Leon with New 1.5 TGI Evo Engine

SEAT is enhancing the compressed natural gas-powered variant of the popular Leon with a new 1.5 litre TGI engine and increased CNG range with the integration of three gas tanks. The new Leon TGI Evo – built at SEAT’s Martorell facilities – continues the success of the Leon TGI and Leon ST TGI but advances the technology to make it even more relevant to the market and further push the uptake of CNG-fuelled vehicles. SEAT is at the heart of the CNG trend, with compressed natural gas variants of the Ibiza, Mii and recently released Arona pushing adoption, and now joined by the Leon TGI Evo and Leon ST TGI Evo.

The Leon TGI Evo’s advanced turbocharged four-cylinder, direct-injection 1.5 litre engine, (based on the TSI petrol engine of the same capacity), integrates an advanced stop-start system, the latest generation of variable turbine geometry turbocharging systems and a Miller cycle combustion process to maximise efficiency and performance.

Components inside the engine have been re-engineered to meet the demands of running on CNG; chrome-nickel covered pistons incorporate new segments modified to use gas, as well as reinforced valve seats to increase wear resistance, and valves have been raised to improve gas circulation towards the interior of the chamber.

The Leon TGI Evo produces 130 PS of power at 5,000rpm – a 20PS increase over its 1.4 litre predecessor – and 200 Nm of torque between 1,400rpm and 4,000rpm and can be linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

As with other vehicles in the SEAT CNG line-up, the Leon TGI Evo only uses petrol as an alternative fuel when the CNG tanks are empty, but there is now even greater CNG storage capacity as the SEAT Leon TGI Evo benefits from three gas tanks –  two of which benefit from advanced lightweight carbon fibre composite construction. The Leon TGI Evo has a gas capacity of 17.7kg giving a range of 500km in CNG mode, and, thanks to the automatic switch to petrol, the range is extended by an additional 150 km.

The Leon TGI Evo, which is available for the first time in FR and Xcellence – in addition to the Style trim -, adds to SEAT’s comprehensive CNG range, with vehicles that not only reduce emissions, environmental impact and running costs, but at the same time combine advanced technologies, driveability and stylish aesthetics.

Source: SEAT

First CNG and LNG station in Ciudad Real is Now Open

The first refuelling station for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the province of Ciudad Real, Spain, is already operational. Located in the Campo de Aviación industrial estate of Santa Cruz de Mudela, a few meters from the A-4 motorway, the installation is the result of collaboration between Endesa, Calidad Pascual and Transcentro Marín.

The installation is a project of Endesa, driven by the local company Transcentro Marín and the group of dairy products Calidad Pascual. It has supply capacity for the fleet of trucks and vehicles of both companies and also serves vehicles that run on gas, unrelated to those involved.

The new natural gas station will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

For more than 50 years, Transcentro Marín has been dedicated to the transport of merchandise by road, completing the services with the storage and distribution of goods, as well as the provision of freight forwarding services. The manager of the company, Carlos Marín, stressed that “natural gas is an effective fuel to reduce the carbon footprint of logistics and transport activities and, therefore, this ‘gasoline’ is a commitment to the alternatives that respect environment”.

The general director of Commercialization of Endesa, Javier Uriarte assured that the mobility to vehicular natural gas “is the solution for the long distance, urban and interurban transport and for essential services for the society like the garbage collection”.

Source: Interempresas

HAM Opens the First Natural Gas Station in Extremadura

HAM has opened the first gas station in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, located in Merida, at exit 341 of the A-5 or Southwest motorway, also known as the Extremadura highway, one of the six radial highways that can be found in Spain.

This new service station has a great strategic importance in the national geography, since it will allow to refuel compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all those vehicles that make the route between Madrid and Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In addition, the route of the A-5 unites the autonomous communities of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura. It should also be noted that the gas station is on the vertical axis that represents the A66, which runs from north to south of Extremadura, and that links Seville with Oviedo.

The new service station opened by HAM makes available to all users a double compressed natural gas (CNG) pump, for light vehicles and trucks, and a double liquefied natural gas (LNG) pump for trucks. This double-jet system, designed and manufactured by HAM, allows two vehicles to be refuelled at the same time in a single pump.

This natural gas supply station, with which Mérida will count, will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing customers to access the supply with the HAM card for professionals and with any credit card.

With the opening of the first gas station in Extremadura, in Mérida, HAM currently has 30 stations in the national territory and the rest of Europe.

Source: HAM

Natural Gas Refuelling Station to Be Developed in Napanee

The Flying J gas station in Napanee has received $1 million in funding toward the development of a compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

It’s one of three such stations that has received funding from the federal government, and that are being developed by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership.

The other two compressed natural gas (CNG) stations will be in London and Windsor.

According to a news release from Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio, the funding is part of the federal government’s $182.5-million investment to develop “a coast-to-coast charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key transportation routes and stations for hydrogen-powered vehicles in metropolitan centres.”

“The Flying J is a landmark for all travellers whether in Napanee or travelling along our busiest highway, the 401,” Bossio said in the release. “Alternative fuels like compressed natural gas are a key part of fighting climate change and showing that the environment and the economy go hand in hand.”

According to the release, the three CNG stations, including the one in Napanee, will be among the first along the Highway 401 corridor.

Source: The Kingston Whig-Standard

Finland Targets 25% of New Cars to Use Natural Gas or Electricity by 2025

The Finnish government has penned an agreement with the main auto industry group, as part of several measures aimed at halving road traffic carbon emissions by 2030.

The Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL) and the state unveiled their Green Deal climate agreement in order to lower the average carbon emissions from new cars by four percent annually.

The non-binding pact aims to reduce the average age of vehicles on the road while encouraging consumers to buy low-emission or alternative-fuel cars.

Finland only has one significant car manufacturer, Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. It currently produces three Mercedes-Benz models as well as electric vehicle solutions such as battery packs, having produced several electric car models in the past.

Transport Minister Anne Berner said low-emission or alternative-fuel cars will become “mainstream”. Under the plan, a quarter of all new cars sold will be electric or run on natural gas by 2025. Natural gas, a fossil fuel, has lower carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional petrol or diesel.

Source: Yle

FTAI Wants Compressed Natural Gas Refuelling Sites Prioritised in Ireland

FTA Ireland (FTAI), the leading body representing the country’s logistics industry, is calling on the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment to prioritise the opening of the country’s compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling sites, if the sector is to be able to achieve its emissions reduction targets by 2025.

In its CNG Now! Paper, recently published, FTAI’s Alternative Technologies Working Group has challenged the Irish government to prioritise urgent support and infrastructure for the freight and logistics sector, so that new cleaner fuel technologies can be adopted nationwide and climate and air quality targets achieved.

“Without sufficient CNG refuelling sites across the country, the logistics sector is simply marking time, rather than achieving the switch to CNG and other alternative fuels which will reduce emissions levels and improve air quality,” says Aidan Flynn, General Manager for FTAI. Without these sites, the campaign by the government to drive operators to the purchase of new CNG vehicles has been nothing more than a costly PR exercise, for which logistics businesses have taken a serious financial hit.

The Causeway project, announced in 2016, was established to form a CNG refuelling network for CNG vehicles nationwide, which was expected to deliver 14 fast fill stations, yet as Mr Flynn continues, to date no stations have been opened.

According to the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland 2017 -2030 it is expected that there will be 19 refuelling sites for compressed natural gas (CNG) in operation by 2020 (currently there is one built and none open). It is essential to build industry trust that new alternative fuels are sustainable and viable options for industry.

Burning natural gas, compared to diesel, results in an approximate 22% climate benefit at combustion due to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Industry will adapt to new technologies if there is business need, it is viable and can deliver to suit the company’s needs.

Source: FTAI

HAM and GALP Open the First Natural Gas Station in the State Port System

HAM, Port de Barcelona and GALP have presented the first natural gas station of the state port system, a key facility to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for road transport. The station is located into the GALP service station on the Y Street in the Port of Barcelona and is the result of the agreement between HAM, in charge of the construction and operation of the LNG station, and GALP, which has carried out the improvement of the facilities.

The construction has been financed by European funds, through the CHAMeleon project, aimed at developing the gas supply infrastructure in the Barcelona-Slovenia land corridor. The new facility has two compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps for cars and trucks, two liquefied natural gas (LNG) pumps for trucks and a cryogenic LNG tank of 60 m3 capacity.

The commissioning of this infrastructure is part of the Port of Barcelona’s Air Quality Improvement Plan, which aims to effectively reduce emissions from port activity. “This gas station  is proof of the strong will of the Port of Barcelona to promote the use of an alternative, clean and sustainable fuel such as natural gas, which significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and eliminates completely Fine particles and oxides of sulfur, “said Mercè Conesa, president of the Port of Barcelona.

Likewise, “this gas station is a key element to guarantee the supply of natural gas to the vehicles operating in the Port area, to promote the use of this alternative fuel and, ultimately, to improve the quality of the air we breathe”, stressed Conesa.

The commercial manager of Gas & Power of GALP, Fernando Martín-Nieto Vaquero, explained how the newly inaugurated installation is “one more step” within the GALP transversal sustainability action plan. “GALP’s commitment to combat climate change pivots on three axes: reducing emissions associated with fuels; promote energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energies; and actively participate in the development of sustainable mobility solutions”, Martín-Nieto stressed.

Source: HAM

Natural Gas Vehicle Advocates Submit SAFE Vehicles Rulemaking Comments

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica), the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), the American Gas Association (AGA), and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to their proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.

In their submission, the advocates called upon NHTSA and EPA to use this rulemaking opportunity to expand incentives for NGVs in the light-duty sector; particularly for pickup trucks, work vans, and sport utility vehicles; highlighting several key benefits of natural gas use in transportation.

This rulemaking, along with current market dynamics; growing demand for light trucks, a significant increase in the availability of low-cost domestic natural gas, and the expanded availability of renewable natural gas; provides the right circumstances for the light-duty natural gas vehicle market to expand.

NGVs deserve an equal opportunity to compete in the market based on cost and real-world emission benefits, and government regulators should not effectively mandate a specific clean technology at the exclusion of others. NGVAmerica, the RNG Coalition, AGA, and APGA support changes to the current regulatory framework to incorporate provisions that more fully account for all the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles, give meaning to statutory provisions intended to encourage NGVs, and incorporate meaningful incentives for manufacturers to produce natural gas vehicles.

NGVAmerica, RNG Coalition, AGA, and APGA recommendations include: align the fuel economy and greenhouse gas credit provisions for NGVs; extend the use of the 0.15 factor for dual fuel vehicles; amend the driving range and drive-to-empty requirement for dual-fuel NGVs; provide stronger sales multiplier credits for the production of NGVs; amend the full-sized pickup truck credits; provide incentives for gaseous-prep vehicles; and ensure the resulting rule supports one, unified national program.

Source: NGVAmerica

National Road Rally Launched to Address Benefits of Natural Gas Vehicles

NGVAmerica has teamed up with the American Gas Association and the American Public Gas Association to launch the 2018 Drive Nat Gas Coast-to-Coast NGV Road Rally. This four week, 5,000+ mile, 14 stop cross country excursion highlights the benefits of natural gas use in transportation.

“Clean air starts with clean vehicles, and the cleanest heavy-duty engine in the world runs on natural gas,” said Dan Gage, President of NGVAmerica.  “We are fortunate to have partners here locally who understand the importance of implementing affordable natural gas solutions in everyday life.  And we ask local elected officials and policy makers to join with them to promote and increase natural gas use in transportation that will result in protecting our environment, cleaning our air, and expanding our economy.”

Beginning on the East Coast and concluding at the start of NGVAmerica’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Industry Summit in Palm Springs, California, the 2018 NGV Road Rally itinerary includes multiple formal stops:

  • October 17th                      Freehold, New Jersey
  • October 18th                      Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • October 18th                      Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • October 22nd                      Columbus, Ohio
  • October 23rd                      Indianapolis, Indiana
  • October 26th                      Trenton, Tennessee
  • October 29th                      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • October 30th                      Houston, Texas
  • October 31st                       San Antonio, Texas
  • November 1st                    Dallas, Texas
  • November 2nd                   Arlington, Texas
  • November 5th                    Greeley, Colorado
  • November 13th                  Fontana, California
  • November 14th                  Palm Springs, California

Source: NGVAmerica