April 30, 2021. Today, Europe’s rapidly growing gas fueling station network has reached the milestone of 4.000 CNG, and 400 LNG stations. These stations are crucial as they are able to support Europe’s gmobility fleet, with also a rapidly increasing share of biomethane.
At the same time, NGVA Europe has released the 2020 gas vehicle registration numbers, which illustrate the continuous and sustained growth this sustainable mobility solution has witnessed. Along with the new registrations of buses, LNG-fueled trucks have especially been the biggest winners.
NGVA Europe’s latest numbers demonstrate that both the infrastructure and new vehicle registrations support the necessary transition towards carbon neutral mobility. Gas in transport is a catalyst for climate neutrality and for achieving the ambitions of the European Green Deal.
Natural gas infrastructure and vehicles are fully compatible with renewable gas and are therefore potent enablers of a drastic reduction in GHG emissions. Today, gmobility represents the most cost-effective approach to the decarbonisation of the transport sector and to achieving intermediate 2030 and 2050 climate goals.
Since 2020, about 300 new CNG stations have been set up, which represents a growth of 8,1%. At the same time, the amount of LNG stations grew from about 250 to 400, which is a massive plus of 60%. This huge gain is reflected in equivalent LNG vehicle registrations.
In 2020, out of all gas fueling stations, more than 25% were already delivering biomethane to European consumers. This amounts to a 17% average of all gas which is used as a transport fuel, and which continues to grow daily. By 2030, a European average of 40% biomethane will be available to power the entire NGV fleet which is currently estimated to include more than 13 million vehicles. This will result in an overall GHG emissions reduction of 55%. NGVA Europe is estimating that by then, there will be about 10.000 CNG, and 2.000 LNG stations in Europe.
While the fueling station network is growing drastically, NGVA Europe also recorded a significant amount of gas vehicle registrations despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, compared to 2019, there have been less overall registrations of gas-powered vehicles, but this is reflected and well in line with the statistics for the entire vehicle sector.
New gas vehicle registrations in 2020: there have been 55.028 new registrations of passenger cars, in addition to 3.189 new buses. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), 11.4% of all new buses sold in the European Union in 2020 ran on alternative fuels – and nearly all of them are powered by natural gas. Among the big winners are France, Spain and Sweden which have all witnessed growth in the double-digits. The largest increase in registrations was recorded in truck sales: there has been a huge addition of 6.802 new CNG and LNG trucks in Europe. 99% of all sold alternatively powered trucks run on natural gas, whereas the largest amount of sales was recorded in Germany.
NGVA Europe’s Secretary General Dr Jens Andersen commented: “These new numbers show that 2020 was another key year with growth in both vehicle registrations and infrastructure development, confirming the ever-growing attraction of gas mobility for European consumers. They make this choice for a good reason: gmobility is a mature technology with not only high engine efficiency and performance, widespread infrastructure and low total cost of ownership (TCO), but also great environmental benefits.”