April 5, 2019. Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, held a meeting at the premises of AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, Samara Region, on issues related to developing the domestic NGV market and stimulating supply and demand for natural gas-powered machinery.
Taking part in the event were Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Markov and Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Members of the Management Committee and Heads of Departments at Gazprom, representatives of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, leading domestic and foreign automakers – AVTOVAZ, GAZ Group, KAMAZ, RariTEK Holding, UAZ, Hyundai, Kia, Renault, and Volkswagen – as well as financial organizations.
It was noted at the meeting that Russian manufacturers currently offer more than 220 models of natural gas-powered vehicles. These include mostly passenger vehicles (buses and minibuses), trucks (dump trucks, box trucks, garbage trucks, etc.), and special vehicles (such as tractors, bulldozers, and mobile cranes). At the same time, in order to ensure the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel on a mass scale, it is required to create capacities to manufacture a broad lineup of affordable cars.
It should be added that no more than 20,000 factory-built NGVs were produced in Russia over the past five years (in 2014–2018). This amount is not sufficient to facilitate active development of the domestic NGV market.
The meeting participants reviewed the plans of domestic and foreign companies for the development of NGV manufacturing in Russia, paying particular attention to cost parameters. They also discussed matters concerning the synchronized development of the NGV refueling infrastructure and NGV servicing networks.