January 28, 2021. Rolande, pioneer and market leader in building infrastructures for liquefied natural gas and bio-LNG (Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas) for trucks in the Netherlands, opened a new LNG filling station on 25 January 2021 at gates of the city of Dortmund. This way, Rolande makes a central contribution to reaching the ambitious climate goals in heavy goods vehicle traffic and establishing a nationwide LNG filling station network in Germany. The next Rolande LNG station in Lübeck is already in the works. Further locations, among others, in Grasdorf, Zeisar and Hamburg are planned in for this year.
While only four LNG filling stations operated in Germany overall in 2019, this figure had increased to 43 as soon as by December 2020. It is supposed to double once more by the end of 2021 with the help of Rolande.
The station in Dortmund is located at an important traffic hub on B236 near Dortmund’s orbital motorway and it is a traditional public 24/7 self-serve petrol station with two LNG pumps and a capacity to guarantee the quick fuelling of up to 150 vehicles per day without long waits. Owing to the large entry and exit, the filling station has the ideal dimensions for heavy goods trucks. With this, it contributes decisively to gradually establishing LNG further as a more environmentally friendly fuel.
By 31 December 2023, trucks that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas continue to be exempt from road tolls in Germany. This makes for savings of up to 18.7 cents in road tolls per driven kilometer for the operators. LNG trucks are consequently not only sustainable but also attractive economically.