The “Blue Corridor Road Race” project during its existence has passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, exceeding 60 thousand kilometers in total. Planning has commenced for a new rally in 2020 that combines new technology and race history into a unique event.
In the near future, Gazprom and Uniper will publish information on the rally route for natural gas vehicles in 2019. Perhaps, by tradition, the finish of the rally will be timed to the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, which will be held at Expoforum from October 1 to 4, 2019.
And then what, asks project coordinator Eugene Pronin. Where will gas cars go in 2020? Veteran-gasponauts believe that it is time to connect Ukraine to the project. There our gas marathon has never been. Meanwhile, Ukraine was one of the leaders of the gas-engine market not only in the post-Soviet space, but also in Europe as a whole.
After 1991, various gas engine activities took place in Ukraine, including through the Intergovernmental Council on Oil and Gas of the CIS countries. It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of Ukraine to the development of the gas engine industry in the USSR. Who does not know about CNG filling stations from Sumy, about cylinders from Mariupol? Who does not remember about the work on automobile gas types of motor fuel, including hydrogen, which led to the Kiev Institute of Gas?
But the gas rally in Ukraine has not occurred since 1946. Then the first international motor rally started, organized by Academician Evgeny Chudakov (an acclaimed Russian automotive theorist and scientist). From Berlin to Moscow through Kiev drove 18 CNG and LPG vehicles, traveling 2,600 kilometers over 11 days.
In 2020, the race could cover not only Ukraine, but Moldova and Romania. Our project has not been there yet either. The route option is shown in the image.
If, 74 years after the Akademik Chudakov caravan the Blue Corridor 2020 rally will again pass through the territory of Ukraine, this will be a significant event for the entire European gas-engine market, the organisers claim.