During the next two years, E.ON Ruhrgas will open about 150 filling stations on German motorways for natural gas vehicles (NGVs). There are currently about 750 NGV fueling stations in the country.
In 2007, the company will set up an initial 60-70 new filling stations, with another 60 to 70 stations to follow in 2008. E.ON Ruhrgas is spending a total of up to €36 million (US$48 million) on this expansion.
E.ON Ruhrgas is establishing a new subsidiary for this task: E.ON Gas Mobil. It will build the new stations in cooperation with leading petroleum companies in Germany.
Natural gas has great potential as a motor fuel. It is not only considerably cheaper than petrol and diesel, but is also very favorable for the environment. By establishing E.ON Gas Mobil we are sending a clear signal for the further development of this market. At the same time we continue to cooperate with German car makers offering attractive models.—Dr. Bernhard Reutersberg, member of the E.ON Ruhrgas AG Board of Management and Chairman of the E.ON Gas Mobil Supervisory Board
The environmental advantages of natural gas as a motor fuel can be further enhanced by the use of bio natural gas (biomethane) obtained and processed from renewable resources. In a voluntary commitment, the gas industry has pledged to add up to 10% biomethane to the natural gas volumes provided for the motor fuel market by 2010.
Biomethane is suitable as a fuel for NGVs without any restrictions. In 2020, enough biomethane could be available to fuel more than four million NGVs in Germany.
(A hat-tip to John!)