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Belgian market for NGVs soars on support for buyers

 

pátek, 29. května 2015

Last update: 29.05.2015

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Belgian market for NGVs soars on support for buyers

Belgium was one of the fastest growing markets for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Europe in the last 18 months, with nearly three times as many vehicles powered by natural gas on its roads and a rapidly growing number of CNG stations to refuel them.

The success was in no small part the result of a subsidy of 2000 Euros in 2014 by the Belgian Federation of Natural Gas (KVBG) on the purchase of a gas powered vehicle during the country’s yearly car show, with several manufacturers adding large discounts to the campaign. It attracted more than 800 buyers and managed to firmly establish natural gas as an alternative to diesel and gasoline in Belgium. Number of CNG stations to triple in the next three years To keep the momentum going the KVBG repeated the promotion during this year’s car show, with an additional 250 vehicles sold and a comparable result in the amount of publicity it generated. A special subsidy to entice municipalities to change to natural gas as a fuel has - so far - resulted in 150 vehicles sold.

Belgium has now more than 2000 natural gas vehicles on its roads, up from 650 in 2013. The surge in NGVs also spurred several large distributors of vehicle fuels to announce their firm intention to more than triple the total amount of CNG stations by 2018.

Belgium has 20 CNG stations at present (and 2 LNG stations - in the port city of Antwerp and in Veurne along a major link for trucks between the UK and North-Western Europe). The aim is to have 75 CNG stations in 3 years time, with particularly distributor Dats24 (part of the Colruyt Supermarket group) planning to invest in 50 extra CNG stations in the coming 3 years. But there also have been announcements from Q8 to open a station soon, as well as some smaller independent companies. New stations that help bridge gaps are subsidised with 40.000 euros by the Belgian natural gas association.

Some of the main obstacles holding the development of the NGV market back are diffuse rules for natural gas as a fuel and a lack of understanding of its properties. NGV’s are for example still prohibited from entering many underground parking facilities, based on the risk LPG poses. Insurance companies tend to follow this policy. Natural gas however would min case of a leak evaporate in the air and poses no danger in a well ventilated underground garage.

Source: Ngva.be


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