Last update: 16.12.2014
The amount of vehicles powered by natural gas (NGVs) in Spain has doubled from 2008, with a moderate growth of 7,5% or 320 vehicles last year. This trend reflects the increasing interest in the country among both public and private investors in the use of gas in transport.
The Spanish government has recently announced a plan to renew the aging fleet of commercial vehicles and included a separate subsidy for the promotion of NGVs. Regional governments in Spain also subsidise increasingly the use of vehicles running on natural gas.
Gas company ‘Gas natural Fenosa’ announced this October that it will build 8 new LNG stations along the main transport corridors of the Iberian peninsula within the next two years. If results are positive, the construction of an additional 9 stations is foreseen for 2020. There are currently around 150 trucks running on LNG, but forecasts suggest that around 5,000 trucks could be on Spain’s roads by 2028.
In addition, vehicle builders Seat, Volkswagen-Audi Spain and Madrileña Red de Gas have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to boost the use of NGVs and at the same time expanding the necessary infrastructure in Spain for CNG. The companies will develop and update a map of supply points and also offer attractive deals to allow operators of large fleets to renew it with gas-powered vehicles.
Spain had 4,000 NGVs on its road by this autumn. The fleet includes 1,500 buses and around 1,100 garbage trucks, mainly in cities. The fleet of NGVs includes around 900 vans, taxis and other light vehicles.
A large part of the country’s heavy-duty vehicles is operated by municipal services in big cities. The entire garbage collection service of Madrid for example, some 470 vehicles, is running on compressed natural gas (CNG). Around 40 % of the city’s public bus service is running on CNG as well.
The 800 gas-powered buses, on a total of 2,000 in use by Madrid’s public bus service, not only save fuel costs, but also significantly lowered emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide and fine particles. Reduced levels of CO2 and also lower noise levels from NGVs add to the advantages.
Driving on natural gas in Spain allows for cost savings of nearly 50% over petrol and 30% to diesel. In terms of infrastructure, there are 90 filling stations for natural gas in Spain, 39 of these are open to the general public. Of these, 15 have the capacity to both supply LNG and CNG, while 3 stations only deliver LNG. Most of the other – private -- supply points are used to refuel garbage trucks and buses.
For more information on Spain’s NGV market, please refer to Gasnam, the Spanish Association of Natural Gas for Mobility.
To find out about existing filling stations in Spain, please have a look at the map provided by Gas Natural Fenosa.
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