April 14, 2020. In cooperation with Volkswagen Group, BayWa Energy opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station for trucks in the German town of Wolfsburg, in Lower Saxony. The site, located nearby the Volkswagen Group’s world headquarters, is operated by BayWa Mobility Solutions.
The refueling station features two LNG dispensers, and it will offer bio-LNG in a second phase.
Although Volkswagen Group announced that it plans to stop developing CNG-powered light-duty vehicles, the carmaker still believes in natural gas options for its logistics fleet. “The availability of LNG stations is an essential prerequisite for reducing CO2 emissions from road freight transport in the future. The opening of this filling station at the headquarters of Volkswagen AG is a sign of the future and also sends a signal to our transport service providers,” said Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.
BayWa will roll out more LNG stations in the Bavarian cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Nördlingen by mid 2020, while other sites are in the project planning phase. In developing this LNG infrastructure, BayWa will establish partnerships with operators and regular customers to ensure large purchase volumes for their fleets.