The participants of Gas into Motors, the world’s longest rally for NGVs powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), crossed the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. The welcoming ceremony in Russian territory took place near the Europe – Asia stela in Orenburg.
With 7.193 kilometers of Chinese and Kazakh roads behind them, the rally participants – a total of 15 trucks, cars and buses fueled mostly by LNG, as well as mobile NGV refuelers – will travel 2.688 kilometers across Russia. The route will traverse Orenburg, Almetyevsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, and Torzhok. The rally will conclude at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg.
Refueling services in Russia are provided by Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo.
The Gas into Motors rally is meant to showcase natural gas as a cost-effective, eco-friendly and safe vehicle fuel and to demonstrate the diversity, usability, excellent quality and dependability of gas-powered machinery.
The event is sponsored by the largest energy majors in Russia, Kazakhstan, and China – Gazprom, KazMunayGas, and CNPC. 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 NGV rally commenced on September 4 in Rudong, China. For the most part, its 9.881-kilometer route lies along the emerging international transit corridor entitled Europe – China.