July 12, 2021. Officialing five new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations by 2022, the GNVolont’Air 2 program calls on professionals interested in acquiring vehicles to benefit from aid from the regional system.
By bringing together the Ecological Transition Agency (ADEME), GRDF and the AURA region, GNVolont’Air is seen as a pioneering initiative in France. Launched during the 2017-2020 period, its first edition made it possible to create 12 filling stations and finance the acquisition of 150 heavy natural gas vehicles in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region. Launched at the end of 2020, the second part runs for the period 2021-2023, with the aim of installing ten additional refueling stations.
“At GNVolont’Air 2, we leave the metropolis considering that they all have at least one station. It is mainly urban and peri-urban areas that are in the spotlight”, sums up Anne-Sophie Banse, Transport Manager at the Regional Office of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes by ADEME.
A little over six months after its launch, GNVolont’Air 2 presents its first advances through a map that identifies five territories where facilities are planned for 2022:
- Community of municipalities of Saône Beaujolais
- Community of municipalities of Loire Forez
- Urban community of Bourg en Bresse
- Community of municipalities of Entre Bièvre and Rhône
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Like the previous system, the funding granted is not directly destined to station operators but to professionals and communities interested in equipping themselves with natural gas vehicles.
“As soon as there are vehicles, an economic interest is created and this allows operators to balance their model. What we want is to help the start-up by providing an initial group of users who will ensure the demand for the station in the short and medium term”, explains Anne-Sophie Banse.
The aid allocated is intended for all trucks with a gross vehicle weight equal to or greater than 3.5 tons.