The opening ceremony of the Gas into Motors NGV rally took place today in Rudong (Jiangsu province, China). The route of the rally will traverse China, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

The race is sponsored by the three countries’ largest energy majors – CNPC, KazMunayGas, and Gazprom. The rally’s partners include Germany’s Uniper and the Silkway Rally Association for the Support and Development of Motor Sports, the organizer of the Silk Way international rally.

The Gas into Motors race will primarily follow the route of the emerging international transit corridor entitled Europe – China. The rally will pass through the cities of Suqian, Zhengzhou, Xian, Dingxi, Wuwei, Jiayuguan, Hami, Turfan, Usu, and Khorgas (China); Almaty, Taraz, Turkestan, Kyzylorda, Aralsk, and Aktobe (Kazakhstan); Orenburg, Almetyevsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Torzhok, and St. Petersburg (Russia). At 9.881 kilometers, Gas into Motors will become the world’s longest rally for NGVs powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The rally will feature a total of 15 trucks, cars and buses fueled mostly by LNG, as well as mobile NGV refuelers. Refueling services will be provided by the companies taking part in the project: KunLun Energy Company Limited (part of CNPC) in China and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo in Kazakhstan and Russia.

In the course of the race, meetings will be held with government officials and members of the public, producers and suppliers of gas-powered machinery and equipment, and companies using and servicing gas-fueled vehicles.

The race will conclude on October 4 at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg.