Trägerkreises Erdgasfahrzeuge reports a sharp increase in natural gas vehicle registrations in Germany.
According to data from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamtes (KBA), registrations of passenger car natural gas vehicles (NGVs) reached 1,047 in May 2006, up 82.4% from the 574 registrations in May 2006.
From May to June 2007, passenger car NGV registrations are up 19% from the same period in 2006. By contrast, registrations of conventional passenger cars dropped 9.6% over the same five month period in 2007, compared to 2006.
Overall, more than 4,800 new natural gas vehicles were registered in Germany from January to May 2007. The German natural gas vehicle fleet now totals more than 60,000.
Volkswagen was the top NGV car vendor in Germany for the five-month period in 2007, with 1,998 units sold. Opel followed in second place with 1,658 units and Fiat came in third with 614.
Daimler Chrysler sold 109 units; Citroën, 102; and Renault, 82 during the period.