The Spanish natural gas vehicle fleet grew 60% in 2019
The natural gas vehicle fleet continues to increase and closed 2019 with 22,814 new units, 60% more than in 2018. In addition, the continued growth in the number of light and heavy commercial vehicles -91% and 59% respectively- is a sign that this fuel is consolidated as the economic and eco-friendly option for the professional transport of goods and passengers.
The wide range of models available, the price of fuel, the range of vehicles and refueling times similar to those of conventional fuels, are factors that have driven the growth of registrations during the past year to locate the natural gas truck fleet in 4,190 units, in addition to 3,688 vans and 3,029 buses. Similarly, this option gains weight in passenger cars, reaching a total fleet of almost 12,000 vehicles (88% higher than in 2018) of which 5,574 have registered in 2019.
The Autonomous Communities with more NGV registrations are the Community of Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and Andalusia.
The natural gas refueling network has also continued to grow in 2019, increasing capillarity throughout the territory. 19 new natural gas stations have been opened, with a total of 79 CNG stations and 49 LNG stations currently in operation. The forecast for 2020 is that the number of CNG and LNG sites surpasses the 130 and 75 locations respectively.