The IVECO Daily Blue Power natural gas model received the ‘2019 Distribution and Commercial Vehicle’ award, in the third edition of the 2019 Ecotransporte Forum, organized by publishing group Encamion.com and Transcalit (Catalan Transport Federation of Barcelona).
The jury highlighted: “the natural gas Daily Blue Power is one of the less polluting vehicles offered in the market, and that meets the Euro 6 standard without resorting to systems like the EGR or the SCR with AdBlue mixture. During the test of Encamion.com, an average consumption of 7.9 kg of CNG/100 km was obtained.” They also add that “it offers more and more electronic and technological systems, which make everyday life easier for the driver”.
Filippo D’Amico, Director of the Light Vehicle Business for IVECO Spain, received this award. During ‘The future of diesel, natural gas and electrics’ round table, in which he participated, D’Amico explained the importance of alternative fuels to achieve sustainable transport. In addition, restrictions on the movement of industrial and commercial vehicles in Barcelona, their access to the metropolitan, port and industrial areas were also analysed in the different round tables organized.
With more than 26,000 units sold worldwide, IVECO is a benchmark and market leader in the natural gas technology of commercial vehicles worldwide. Natural gas is the only real, economic and sustainable option today, both for last mile and long-distance missions.
Volkswagen Group and its industry partners from the gas supply, network, and filling station operation showcased their products and services at the 3rd CNG Mobility Days in Berlin (25-26 June 2019), presenting an overview of the current situation and the future of CNG. Volkswagen Group brands will also be exhibiting their latest CNG models in the passenger car, truck and bus segments.
In parallel with the advancing electrification of its fleet, Volkswagen Group and its brands continue to rely on compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative drive technology for decarbonising road transport, and the product range has been revised and expanded again with this in mind.
Volkswagen Group currently offers the widest selection of CNG vehicles of any manufacturer, by a substantial margin. At the annual general meeting in mid-May 2019, Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, announced that CNG will continue to play an important role for the Group in the future: “We are the global market leader for gas drive systems, and better positioned than our competitors. We also plan to continue further expanding and improving this technology.”
Using CNG as an energy source for automobiles meaningfully contributes to reducing emissions, as well as representing a cost-efficient customer alternative to petrol and diesel. “Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group’s electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective. Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centres,” explains Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Representative for CNG Mobility. He adds: “Refuelling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Biomethane is obtained from organic residues, while e-gas is produced from excess green electricity (power-to-gas).
Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas.” Volkswagen Group brands and their industry partners have been working in this field for some time; Audi has been operating the world’s first industrial power-to-gas plant in Werlte (Emsland) since 2013, for example, with the Audi e-gas produced from wind power being fed into the natural gas grid – making Audi both a participant and a catalyst in the energy revolution. Green energy is made available to vehicle customers, while at the same time the storage of fluctuating eco-power and its research in practice enables the rapid expansion of wind and solar energy, which is also important to the success of e-mobility.
Source: Volkswagen Group
SKODA has introduced the most eco-friendly variant of its new compact model at the CNG Mobility Days event in Berlin which took place on 24/25 June 2019: the SKODA SCALA G-TEC. This natural gas SCALA completes the engine roster for the new compact model, adding a particularly efficient and eco-friendly variant. The 1.0 G-TEC has a peak output of 66 kW (90 PS), with three CNG tanks enabling a range of around 410 kilometres in natural gas mode, according to preliminary data.
Christian Strube, SKODA Board Member for Technical Development, explains: “Natural gas will play a key role in SKODA’s engine portfolio over the coming years in order to lower CO2 emissions. Our natural-gas engines are becoming more and more popular with our customers because of their low emissions. And anyone driving a SKODA SCALA G-TEC will in future also benefit from comparatively low fuel costs in many countries.”
SKODA is building a range of eco-friendly natural-gas models. The new SKODA SCALA G-TEC joins the OCTAVIA G-TEC as the second natural gas model in the SKODA model range. The new SCALA G-TEC is powered by a three-cylinder turbo with a 1.0-litre displacement and an output of 66 kW (90 PS). Its maximum torque of 160 Nm is transmitted via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The SCALA G-TEC is specifically designed for CNG use and complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. CO2 emissions are reduced by around 25% compared to running on petrol, with considerably lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as well and no particulates.
The SCALA G-TEC comes with three linked steel CNG tanks accommodating 13.8 kilograms of CNG. This enables the compact model to cover around 410 kilometres in the eco-friendly and efficient natural-gas mode. Should the CNG run out, the SCALA will automatically switch to petrol mode, where a nine-litre tank allows it to cover around 220 additional kilometres. As a result, the SCALA G-TEC remains mobile in regions without natural gas filling stations, with a combined range of around 630 kilometres.
Thanks to the clever way the CNG tanks are integrated in the underbody, the SCALA G-TEC has a luggage capacity of 339 litres – a best-in-class value for natural gas vehicles in this segment.
Redexis, a comprehensive energy infrastructure company, and Cepsa, a global energy company, have reached an agreement for the creation of the largest network of refuelling stations for natural gas vehicles (NGV) in Spain, with the objective of expanding the supply of energy solutions and promoting sustainable mobility.
Through an investment of 30 million euros in the period 2019-2021, Redexis will undertake the construction and maintenance of 50 gas stations located at Cepsa Service Stations in Spain, with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and (compressed natural gas) CNG, used by all types of vehicles at regional and interregional level, whose supply and marketing will be handled by Cepsa. Likewise, this alliance aims to reach 80 service stations before the end of 2023, with a total investment of 60 million euros.
This network of the natural gas stations will have state-of-the-art equipment. It will be developed in urban areas and will also cover the main transport corridors, so that both heavy and light transport will be able to undertake trips with the security of having a network that guarantees their natural gas refuelling.
During the signing of the agreement, Fernando Bergasa, president of Redexis, stressed: “We are very satisfied with the agreement reached with Cepsa, since it allows a qualitative and quantitative leap in the infrastructural endowment of natural gas refuelling in Spain. From Redexis we are committed to making investments that help the country to undertake new challenges in terms of sustainability and respect for the environment, at the same time we express our interest in the development of ecological mobility through alternative fuels, which contribute to efficiency, sustainability and economic progress.”
Pedro Miró, the vice president and CEO of Cepsa, underlined: “Through this important agreement with Redexis, we continue to expand our portfolio of energy solutions, with the aim of offering customers all the energy they need. We are confident that through this alliance we will significantly promote gas mobility in Spain, both for the transport of people and goods.”
The Spanish automobile sector increases its growth forecasts for gas vehicles each year, with new models and conversions in the market. At the end of 2018, natural gas vehicle registrations were 5,745, 145% more than the previous year, and the estimates of the main manufacturers point to a fleet of 80,000 light vehicles to gas in 2021.
Snam has signed a 25 million euro loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to fund the roll-out of sustainable mobility projects, which focus on the use of natural gas and biomethane for light and heavy vehicles.
The investment subject to the loan agreement concerns the construction of 101 compressed natural gas (CNG) and 9 liquefied and compressed gas (L-CNG) refuelling stations in Italy for a total of around 50 million euro. The loan, which as per EIB practice will amount to a maximum of 50% of the cost of the investment, has an amortizing structure that will expire in December 2031, and a fixed rate of 0.547%.
These refuelling stations will be built as part of the company’s investment to strengthen Italy’s distribution network of natural gas and biomethane, which is one of the best technologies for sustainable mobility, both in terms of the economy and the environment. So far, through Snam4Mobility, Snam has launched 6 new distributors in Italy. There are around 60 more currently under construction, and Snam expects to build a total of 300 in the coming years. Snam’s commitment to sustainable mobility is part of the Snamtec project, launched with the company’s 2018-2022 strategic plan and supported by an 850 million euro investment in sustainability, technological innovation and new activities relating to the energy transition.
The loan will complement the European Union’s 1.3 million euro contribution provided through the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme, obtained by Snam4Mobility last December for the construction of 9 L-CNG filling stations.
Hans Peter Schützinger, CEO of Porsche Holding Salzburg and Rainer Seele, OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, gave a joint press conference at the OMV headquarter in which they focused on the role gas can play in our future energy, as well as the significance of compressed natural gas (CNG) for mobility.
The IEA World Energy Outlook 2018 “New Policy Scenario” forecasts a sharp growth for the global gas market. A surge in demand for gas of up to 43% is expected by 2040.
A comprehensive network of 160 CNG filling stations (of which 54 OMV) in Austria, fast fuelling times, running-cost reductions of up to 50% and a wide range of models are all adding to the appeal of CNG vehicles.
“In the mobility sector, the use of gas is a clear choice for cutting CO2 nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions, as well as providing numerous other benefits for our customers,” according to Rainer Seele, OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO.
Together, OMV and Porsche Holding are offering a special deal for those considering a CNG vehicle: if you buy a CNG model under one of the Volkswagen brands VW, Audi, SEAT or Skoda, you can fill up with CNG for free at OMV filling stations for your entire first year.
The DISA Group, a new natural gas marketer since the beginning of 2019, is incorporated as a new partner to Gasnam.
The DISA Group focuses on natural gas solutions, both piped and liquefied and in vehicle biogas projects.
The DISA Group is the fourth largest fuel distributor in Spain, with a network of service stations of nearly 600 stations operating under the DISA and SHELL brands. It offers compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle solutions both in its gas stations and in the bases of its customers. It also supplies “white label” gas stations.
The DISA Group is also a member of the BIO LNG EURONET project, co-financed by the European Union, in consortium with IVECO, SCANIA, SHELL and NORDSOL, which aims, among others, to implement 39 LNG stations in Europe, 7 of them in Spain.
This project was created with the commitment to expand LNG as a fuel for road transport throughout Europe. The aim is to achieve a new European infrastructure to promote the large-scale adoption of LNG as an environmentally sustainable energy solution for heavy road transport.
Correos, the Spanish postal and parcel service operator, has expanded and renewed its fleet with the acquisition of 158 vehicles destined for the distribution. 40 units (25%) of the vehicles are powered by electricity or compressed natural gas (CNG).
The postal and parcel company will invest more than two million euros in the operation, with “the objective of continuing to guarantee the supply of its logistics services in a market that keeps growing, especially in relation to electronic commerce”, they explain.
Of these 158 vehicles, 35 are electric vans awarded to Renault, while another five are driven by compressed natural gas (CNG), awarded to Volkswagen and IVECO, which has resulted in a total disbursement of 1,015,500 euros. The commitment to this type of vehicles not only responds to commitment of Correos for sustainability, but also, after evaluating all the options, it has been decided by the most versatile and respectful environmental regulations of the population centres to which they will be destined to give service.
Source: El Vigia and Transporte3
Naturgy has installed the first public station for the supply of natural gas for vehicles in the city of Mataró. It is located in the industrial estate of Les Hortes, a strategic location due to its proximity to dealers of the main brands that market vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and companies with large fleets.
Also, this station provides a new refuelling point to the Maresme region and, given its strategic location, at the foot of the C-32 motorway, it allows servicing the vehicles that travel along the coast.
This natural gas supply station in Mataró joins the other 6 gas stations that Naturgy manages in the province of Barcelona: three in Barcelona (Bon Pastor, Marenostrum-Litoral and Zona Franca), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda and Viladecans.
The start-up of this new natural gas supply station is part of the company’s mobility promotion project, which aims to promote the use of natural gas as fuel as the best sustainable alternative to fossil fuels derived from natural gas. Petroleum.
This new public natural gas supply station is another step forward for Naturgy in its commitment to move forward in the transition to clean energy models in transport that contribute to improving air quality and, therefore, the health of people.
The new map of vehicular natural gas recharging points in Spain will make it possible to meet the increase in demand in the coming years and reinforce the availability of this fuel in the market, given the increase in vehicles propelled by natural gas.
Hexagon Composites’ business area Hexagon Purus is substantially increasing its production capacity of high-pressure fuel tanks for CNG-powered passenger cars to meet the growing demand in Europe. Hexagon Purus recently entered into an agreement with its largest customer, Volkswagen AG, to triple the annual production volume.
In 2017, Volkswagen together with German operators of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and gas networks committed to driving the expansion of CNG mobility in Germany. Since the start of the campaign, the increasing registration figures confirm that CNG engines are currently the type of power unit experiencing the most robust growth.
“The importance of natural gas and biogas in addressing the environmental requirements is increasingly being recognized. Gas mobility is the fastest way to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector due to existing infrastructure and available technology,” says Alfred Walberer, Vice President CNG Light-Duty Vehicles of Hexagon Purus. “We are proud to be a trusted partner of Volkswagen. Through this joint effort of increasing our production output for low-emission passenger car fuel tanks, we are contributing to the decarbonization of the transport sector.”
Since 2013, Hexagon Purus (formerly Hexagon xperion) has been a serial supplier to Volkswagen for the CNG car models Golf TGI and Audi A3 Sportsback g-tron. From 2019, Hexagon has started to supply lightweight composite cylinders to SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia. These models are mono-fuel vehicles with a longer range and increased performance due to a new and improved engine.
The total investment is around EUR 6 million (approx. NOK 58 million) to expand and modernize its production facilities in Kassel, Germany. The new production line will start its operations in second half of 2019.
Source: Hexagon Composites