Spain’s international energy company Naturgy, formerly Gas Natural Fenosa, has expanded its domestic refueling network for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) with the opening of a new Compressed Natural Gas filling station in Toledo. It is the first of the three public stations that Naturgy will open in the coming months in Castilla-La Mancha.
The next two stations to open will be in Ciudad Real and in Albacete. Currently, the company has three other public stations operating in the Community, in Guadalajara capital, Alovera (Guadalajara) and Motilla del Palancar (Cuenca). With these openings, Naturgy will be present in all the provinces of the community.
“This new gas station represents another step for the company in its commitment to advance in the transition to clean energy models in transportation that contribute to improving air quality and people’s health,” said José Luis Gil , director of Customers and Markets of Naturgy.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by representatives of the main brands that have CNG vehicles in their offer: SEAT, Fiat Professional, Volkswagen and Iveco, which also took the opportunity to exhibit some of their products.
This loading station is part of the expansion plan of the gasoline network promoted by Naturgy and SEAT, which includes promoting vehicular natural gas through innovation projects, infrastructure expansion and joint commercial promotion of CNG vehicles.
The starting of this new station is framed within Naturgy’s own mobility promotion project which aims to promote the use of natural gas as the best sustainable alternative to the fossil fuels derived from the oil.
The Natural Gas Advantage
Vehicular natural gas in automobiles has numerous ecological and economic advantages. It is a fuel that respects the environment and contributes to the improvement of air quality as a result of its very low emissions. Vehicles that use this fuel have the ECO label of the General Directorate of Traffic, benefiting from free accessibility to the center of the cities in episodes of high pollution, tax incentives and bonuses in regulated parking areas, among others.
Vehicular natural gas reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 85% and particles in suspension by almost 100%, the main cause of respiratory and cardiac problems due to pollution in urban environments. It also reduces emissions of CO 2 , the main greenhouse gas, by up to 30%, contributing to the fight against climate change.
With regard to the economic level, natural gas is a very competitive fuel, up to 50% cheaper than gasoline and 30% less than diesel. Take as an example that with 20 euros of natural gas you could travel the Madrid-Barcelona route, almost twice as much as with a gasoline car.