FordonsGas Sverige AB is to build a new refueling station in Sweden, supplying biomethane for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the southern province of Småland. The station follows the inauguration of a new biogas plant in Sävsjö, in September. The renewable biogas, produced by the plant from manure from local farms, slaughterhouse waste, grass and other organic waste, results in reduced use of gasoline and diesel in transport. It is expected to supply approximately 19 GWh of biogas per year, representing approximately 2.1 million gallons of gasoline.
The station will be Fordonsgas’ 41st natural gas station.
“We are pleased that we have taken the decision to build a gas station in Sävsjö after the positive response of the municipality and Sävsjö biogas,” says Bo Ramberg, CEO of FordonsGas. The company anticipates opening the station in the summer of 2013, to meet the growing regional demand and allowing time for local municipalities and businesses to convert vehicles to natural gas fuel.
As of January 1, 2013 Sweden’s environmental regulations tighten considerably under a revised “green car” definition. Ramberg believes the tighter emissions framework will stimulate additional interest in natural gas vehicles.
What is new is that even minivans and light trucks are covered by the rules. “It is worth noting that even light trucks that run on gas can be counted as a green car in the new definition, thereby avoiding vehicle tax for the first five years,” Ramberg added.
The new green car definition is weight-related, on the basis that heavier cars will generate higher CO2 emissions. The government assumes that a car of average European curb weight may place no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer to qualify as a green car.
Fordonsgas also opened another natural gas station mid November, in Köping, at the northwestern end of Lake Mälaren.