Starts off ANGVA Green Highway Route to Beijing for ANGVA 2011
Following a recent survey carried out by NGV Global, Japan’s Sagawa Express Co. Ltd has received acknowledgement as the world’s largest HD natural gas truck fleet, with 4,217 vehicles. A certification ceremony was conducted in Tokyo as part of the ANGVA Green Highways 2011 Project, where ANGVA executive director Mr. Lee Giok Seng made the presentation on behalf of NGV Global, to Mr. Heima, president of Sagawa Express.
Following an acceptance speech by Mr. Heima, Mr Mr. Nakata – Director-General of Road Transport Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Mr. Yoneda – Director of Gas Market Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and Mr. Kamigawara, Director of Environmental Transport Policy Division, Ministry of Environment made congratulatory speeches.
Altogether, Sagawa has 4,347 natural gas vehicles (NGVs), including 2 LCVs and 128 small vans. All operate on compressed natural gas (CNG), refuelling from 28 company owned and operated filling stations. Sagawa uses NGVs manufactured by Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Hino, UD trucks (formerly Nissan Diesel), Toyota, Nissan (LCV) and Daihatsu (small van).
Commencement of the eastern leg of the Green Highway, from Japan to China, was marked by a flag-off ceremony, where Mr.William Aw, chairman of ANGVA Green Highway 2011 committee, handed the torch and scroll to Mr.Ohashi, general manager of NGV Dept, the Japan Gas Association who is the team leader of Japan. This route is significant as the Japanese team will ensure the delivery of the Friendship Scroll and Torch to Donghae, South Korea – the site of the 3rd ANGVA Conference and Exhibition in 2009, before proceeding to Beijing for the 4th ANGVA Conference and Exhibition, running 18-20 October.
Sagawa’s CNG truck, carrying the torch and scroll, started on the Green Highway journey after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Details about ANGVA 2011 are available at www.angva2011.com.