Last update: 17.11.2014
Gas-powered fleet in Germany nears 100,000 milestone
Germany has 97.000 verhicles powered by natural gas on the road, an increase of 1,8% from last year, according to data from early this year from Erdgas Mobil, the German industry initiative for gas-powered mobility.
The vast majority of the gas-powered vehicles in Germany are passenger cars and light vans. The country’s fleet of 1700 gas-powered buses ranks third in Europe behind France and Italy. Monthly sales of natural gas for vehicles are an estimated 18 million Nm3, an overall share of 0,36% of the fuel market.
Renewable bio-methane makes up for approximately 22% of the methane sold as fuel. CNG is priced competively in Germany as a result of reduced tax rates. A kilogramme of CNG costs currently around 1,10 Euro. Germany’s reduced taxes on natural gas as a vehicle fuel expire in 2018. Extension of the reduced tax rates beyond this date is one of the main demands of the vehicle- and gas industry, as it will secure investments in both vehicles and infrastructure.
CNG can be obtained in Germany from 920 filling stations, 840 of these are open to the general public. There are no LNG supply points yet, but substantial progress was made recently by approval for a model for the build up of LNG filling stations. This will allow the construction of LNG terminals backed by a reliable framework and the first station on German soil is planned for 2015. The initiative is part of the European LNG Blue Corridors project, which aims to have a series of filling stations througout Europe.
Several cities give local incentives to vehicles powered on natural gas, in particular to taxis, driving schools and other commercial users. Moreover, the government-owned development bank KFW offers an incentive programme for building natural gas filling stations, rarely used however at the moment due to complicated application procedures.
More information at Erdgas Mobil (www.erdgas-mobil.de).
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