The Chinese natural gas vehicle market has stepped up a gear according to a Kunlun Energy press release about last week’s 14th China International Natural Gas Vehicles, Filling stations and Equipment Exhibition and Forum in Beijing, with more NGVs, more filling stations and greater momentum. According to reported statistics, 446 new filling stations commenced operation in the past year, with the total reaching 2,784, an increase of 19% over the previous year. Liquefied Natural gas (LNG) stations accounted for 22.8% of that total. Read more »
Sales rise almost 60 percent. dena recommends extending tax reductions
In spite of a major decrease in the overall car sales figures in Germany, the demand for natural-gas powered vehicles increased almost 60 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period in the previous year. This fact was highlighted by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and the “Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility” based on the data reported recently by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. Read more »
Italian alternative-fuel vehicle buyers will qualify for government incentives as from March 14, including buyers of dedicated and bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs), for qualifying vehicles. The upper CO2 emissions limit has been set at 120 g/km, with the amount of incentive being defined within emission level bands. Vehicles can not have been previously registered. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Clean Cities program has published a summary of its 2012 Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF) held a meeting for stakeholders on October, in California. The meeting focused on research and development needs within the natural gas vehicle industry, for both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and in both heavy-duty and light-duty applications. Read more »
In keeping with the policy of changing the country’s energy matrix, 30,477 free conversions of vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) were carried out under the management of the Implementing Entity for Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV). Conversions were completed in the departments of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Sucre and Potosí, for public transportation vehicle fleets, both state and private. The Agency says using natural gas to replace liquid fuels strengthens the changing energy mix, preserves the environment and allows vehicle owners to reduce operating costs for carriers. Read more »
According to a report from Energigas Sweden, the Swedish member-funded industry organisation that works to increase the use of gaseous fuels such as natural gas, sales of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) rose 19.4 percent in the first six months of 2012, compared to last year. While sales figures are still rising signs of a slowdown in growth and a marked decline in sales of gas cars. Read more »
The number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Korea has increased steadily over the past year, to reach 35,456 in July (9.3% growth), according to figures provided by the Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Ministry. The increase of global supply of shale-derived natural gas has driven down compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel costs while the prices of gasoline, petrol and LPG have risen, prompting increased uptake of NGVs. Read more »
Figures released by the Bolivian Hydrocarbons Agency (Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos, ANH), indicate more than 18% of all vehicles in Bolivia have been retrofitted to run on natural gas, reports La Razón. Since year 2000, when ANH recorded just 6,899 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the country, numbers have increased to 197,405 by April this year. Hernán Vega, Executive Director at the Executive Agency of Natural Gas Conversion for Vehicles (Entidad Ejecutora de Conversión a Gas Natural Vehicular, or EEC-GNV), reportedly said that 80% of all vehicles in Bolivia are expected to operate on natural gas by 2025.
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Total NGVs end 2011: 15,192,401
The growth of natural gas vehicle (NGV) numbers globally remains irrepressible. The top ten countries by NGV population as at the end of 2011 stay the same but in different order. Iran now heads the list with 2.859 million on the road, slightly ahead of Pakistan at 2.85 million. China has moved from 7th (end-2010) to 6th, with 1 million vehicles. This figure has been verified but is likely to be conservative.
Altogether, NGV Global’s data sums to more than 15 million natural gas vehicles recorded across 84 countries at the end of 2011, rising from the end 2010 figure of 12,674,402. That represents growth of 19.9% over 2010, 33.7% since 2009, and 22.9% average annual growth over the past decade. Read more »
The Korean Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (KANGV) of Seoul, Korea and Asosiasi Perusahaan CNG Indonesia (APCNGI) of Jakarta, Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that expresses interest in sharing information and cooperating on international projects related to the development of the industry in Korea and Indonesia. Read more »
At the recent 13th China International Natural Gas Vehicles and Gas Station Equipment exhibition held during the 2012 peak NEV (New Energy Vehicles) China forum, lecture participants were briefed on the current development of China’s natural gas vehicles, reports CVWorld. China is responding to upward pressure on oil prices by investing heavily in new transportation fuel technologies, including natural gas. Read more »
In it’s latest Series Report on China’s Natural Gas Vehicle Market, produced by the Auto Industry Development Institute (AIDI) and China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), figures indicate the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market there is thriving and getting stronger. Read more »
The Dominican Republic’s Director of Non-Conventional Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Engineer Salvador Rivas celebrated his country’s 4,000th vehicle converted to operate using compressed natural gas (CNG), in a special ceremony last week. The milestone vehicle was a Peugeot Clio 2002. “This is a sign that the natural gas program being implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, under the direction of the Minister García Arévalo, is progressing”, stressed Engineer Rivas. Read more »
In mid-January NGV Global reported 1,820 compressed natural gas refuelling stations in Iran. According to the Iran Daily, that number at the end of last week had grown to 1,826 with 50 more to be inaugurated next month. Amir Kishadi, administrator of CNG station construction project of Tehran province, speaking at a station inauguration in the city of Varamin, reportedly said that CNG stations are supplying 19 million cubic meters of natural gas to vehicles per day. 450 CNG stations were built in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 2011).
The Iran natural gas vehicle market continues to thrive. The current tally of compressed natural gas (CNG) service stations currently operating in Iran is now 1,820 reports Zawya. That figure is reportedly set to grow to 2,000 by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20). Approximately 18 million cubic meters of natural gas are supplied to CNG stations on a daily basis, with capacity to grow to 32 million. Iranian auto manufacturer IKCO is responding by advising 70% of its planned engine production for 2012, of some 180 thousand units and including the EF4 engine, will be CNG-based.