Argentina Prepares Regulation for CNG and LNG Vehicle Imports

| Argentina: Buenos Aires

Argentina’s National Gas Regulator (ENARGAS) is in the process of drafting a new regulation concerning natural gas vehicles for importation. European truck and bus manufacturers IVECO and Scania are collaborating with the Regulator as it prepares a “Procedure for the qualification of imported vehicles propelled by the use of natural gas as fuel” — Project NAG-451 (2018). The consultation period expires August 24. Read more »

UK OLEV-Funded Fleet Trial to Highlight Benefits of Renewable Biomethane

| United Kingdom: Northampton
Fleet of Waitrose CNG-fuelled trucks

Waitrose operates the Scania P-340 with biomethane.

The UK’s CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refuelling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how compressed natural gas (CNG) can help slash road transport emissions. The project, which has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, aims to encourage UK fleet operators to switch from diesel to cost-effective, low-carbon biomethane fuel by demonstrating performance benefits, and by showing that CNG stations can support growing demand for gas. Read more »

EMT to Acquire 460 CNG buses from Mercedes and Scania

| Spain: Madrid

Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT for EMTThe Board of Directors of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) has approved an investment of EUR 138M (USD 161M) for the acquisition, during the next two years, of 460 new buses for the municipal fleet. All buses will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It is the largest investment in fleet renewal carried out by EMT in its 70-year history. Read more »

EU Adopts HDV CO2 Emissions Regulation with Room for Improvement

| Europe: Brussels

HDGAS imageThe first ever EU legislation on CO2 emissions of new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) registered in the EU, formally adopted Jun 25, requires emissions for Categories N2 and N3 and certain other vehicle types to be monitored and reported from 1 January 2019. The VECTO tool is adopted as the measurement tool but does it go far enough? Read more »

Natural Gas for Trucks Promoted by German Transport Ministry

| Germany: Berlin
Iveco Stralis NP at Ulm LNG Station by Liqvis

First LNG Station in Germany (Ulm, 2016)

Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer earlier this month presented funding guidelines for subsidies for energy-efficient, low-carbon trucks using Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Transport companies are now awaiting notice about commencement from the Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG) as fund manager, expected mid-July. Strong interest is anticipated. Read more »

Natural Gas Buses Cost Effective for Helsinki Metro Public Transport

| Finland: Helsinki

Scania Bus, natural gas  by GasumThe number of gas-fueled buses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area will increase when Scania delivers two new gas buses to the bus company Helsingin Bussiliikenne at the beginning of 2019. Finnish energy gas company Gasum says new-generation gas buses are the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon dioxide and local emissions from urban transport. Read more »

Paris/Algeciras Natural Gas Refuelling Freight Corridor 70% Complete

| Spain: Madrid
Bordeaux BESTWay LCNG Station_GasNaturalFenosa_BestWay

Bordeaux service station, opened Jan 2018

Through the BESTWay Project, an infrastructure initiative between Spain and France which is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), Gas Natural Fenosa reports having completed 70% of a natural gas refuelling corridor from Algeciras, one of Europe’s largest ports, to Paris. The project’s goal is to support the widespread roll-out of natural gas as an alternative fuel. Read more »

Nottingham UK Hits Top Deck with Biogas Buses

| United Kingdom: Nottingham

Scania NCT Gas Bus and fuellingWith its 53rd biogas bus, the world’s largest fleet of biogas double-decker buses is now fully operational in Nottingham. The engines and chassis of the new buses have been developed by Scania with bodywork by Alexander Dennis Limited. Read more »

Bristol Buys 21 Scania Biogas Buses

| United Kingdom: Bristol

Scania biogas double deckers for BristolIn the UK, Bristol Community Transport has invested in a fleet of 21 Scania biogas buses for its m1 Metrobus route, which will be operated by First West. Metrobus is a new rapid public transport system for the West of England region. The m1 connects south Bristol, the city centre and the Bristol campus of the University of the West of England. Read more »

Clean Ireland Recycling has First Private CNG Station and Fleet in Ireland

| Ireland: Cork

Ireland's First Private CNG Station at Clean Ireland RecyclingGas Networks Ireland and Clean Ireland Recycling have celebrated the official opening of the first private fast-fill CNG station at the Clean Ireland Recycling premises in Smithstown Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co. Clare. The Shannon site is part of Gas Networks Ireland’s strategy to further develop a market for natural gas as a lower-emission transport fuel. Gas Networks Ireland is developing a comprehensive national CNG refuelling network that will provide nationwide coverage for vehicles operating on Irish roads. Read more »