January 18, 2021. Gasnam, the Iberian association of natural gas for mobility, has reported that, despite the pandemic, in 2020 the fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks has grown by 27% and the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses has increased 17%, as one in four buses registered in 2020 uses gas as fuel.
The development of natural gas in the transport of goods is expected to increase even more in 2021 thanks to the recent approval, at the end of 2020, of the rule that allows driving with a class B license, older than two years, natural gas powered cars destined to transport goods with a maximum authorized mass between 3,500 kg and 4,250 kg,
The refueling network has also grown significantly, increasing its capillarity throughout the Spanish geography. The opening of 39 public access supply points in the year that has just concluded brings the country to a total of 163 facilities.
Gasnam’s Secretary General, Eugenia Sillero affirms: “It is urgent to start in 2021 a system of guarantees of origin in Spain that allows to immediately decarbonize a fleet of 30,000 vehicles that currently use natural gas, including heavy transport of long distance that, to date, does not have a real commercial offer of other ecological alternatives.”
The wide range of models available, the cost of fuel, the autonomies of the vehicles and the refueling times similar to those of conventional fuels, are factors that drive natural gas to consolidate itself as the most chosen clean technology for professional transport of goods and passengers.
In 2020, the penetration of renewable gases (biomethane and hydrogen) in transport has also continued to be promoted.