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NGV at the service of sustainable mobility

GRTgaz, the number one high-pressure gas network operator in Europe, carries tomorrow’s fuel.

This fuel constitutes one of the most highly visible aspects of the energy transition, and you may well already have direct daily experience of it. When you go to work by bus, or when your household waste is picked up by collection trucks to keep your town clean, these vehicles now run on NGV.

NGV, or Natural Gas for Vehicles, is a term that covers vehicles running on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas, i.e. natural gas in gaseous form) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas, in liquid form). These fuels must be distinguished from LPG, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, which is a mixture of light hydrocarbons, stored in liquid form, and stemming in part from oil refining.

Let’s take a look together at the advantages of NGV, a fully controlled technology in terms of purchasing and operating costs, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

250 public filling stations - Estimation for 2020, AFGNV report, March 2016
GRTgaz roule au gaz (vidéo)

GRTgaz runs on NGV (video)


NGV – economical and sustainable fuel

The ever-changing forecourt fuel prices and the increasingly heavy tax burdens on oil products combine to eat away at your business revenues. Taking the advantages of NGV for your company vehicle fleet into consideration, there are three objectives that you can attain over the short term by converting your fleet:

A sharp reduction in your carbon footprint with bioNGV

A sharp reduction in your carbon footprint with bioNGV

LNGV gives off less CO2 than petrol (-25%) or diesel fuel (-10%). Based on mature technology, NGV is 100% renewable when it is made from biomethane (bioNGV), a gas stemming from fermentation of organic waste. With 70% lower nitrogen oxide emission levels and next to no particulates, NGV only gives off small amounts of pollutants. Thus gas-powered vehicles can help to combat global warming and enhance air quality.

Everyday autonomy

Everyday autonomy and comfort

With a range of 350 to 400 km depending on the vehicles, for trucks, vans or saloon cars, NGV can provide you with considerable autonomy for your trips in or outside towns. You also enjoy the same driving comfort, without any odours when you fill the tank, and filling up with gas takes no longer than it does with other fuels. There are currently 43 public filling stations, with 250 scheduled for 2020 and an NGV infrastructure that is growing daily, over and above the private filling stations.

Low tax levels

Low green tax levels

Right now, you can make the most of low green tax levels by switching your Company fleet to NGV, with the following advantages for example:

  • 40% allowance for a fleet of vehicles with a gross laden weight of over 3.5 T purchased between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017;
  • Lower TICPE (fuel tax) levels with a difference between NGV and diesel fuel that increased in favour of NGV between 2015 and 2016 (the NGV tax rate stands at €5.27 per 100 N cu. m(1) as against €49.89 per hundred litres(2) for diesel fuel in 2016, i.e. A difference of €44.62);
  • Lower registration fees, and even registration free of charge for NGV vehicles in certain regions of France.

(1) Data stemming from article 17 of French amending finance law No. 2015-1786 for 2015
(2) Data stemming from article 14 of French amending finance law No. 2015-1786 for 2015

Running vehicles on NGV or bioNGV thus means making the most of clean, renewable green gas, which is beneficial for your firm, your image and your bottom line. Lastly, in the truck, van or saloon car fields alike, the major manufacturers’ catalogues feature increasingly efficient NGV vehicles in terms of range, power and payload.

GRTgaz is committed to developing NGV in France

GRTgaz has entered into concrete undertakings in favour of NGV, at European, national and local levels alike. As a member of NGVA Europe (European NGV Association), and the AFGNV (French NGV Association), we are working with the sector as a whole to establish an overview for 2020-2025 covering development of NGV and the necessary fuelling infrastructures. Under a mission with which it was entrusted by the AFGNV, in mid-March 2016 GRTgaz forwarded a plan entitled “NGV infrastructures in France 2020 - 2025”.

As part of its local commitments, GRTgaz is participating in various studies covering the local infrastructures necessary to develop use of NGV.

Our field teams play their part on a daily basis by using new vehicles that run on NGV. GRTgaz has thus agreed to double its fleet of NGV vehicles. Our objective for 2020 is to have 20% of our fleet running on that fuel with a future.

Urban municipality, major Company, SME... NGV : what if i used an ngv vehicle?

Whether you represent an urban municipality, a major Company, an SME, or a small firm, or if you are an artisan, a tradesman or a private individual, there is a vehicle to suit each of your requirements and provide you with a sustainable, ecological mobility solution without affecting performance or safety in any way. As yet, there are only a small number of public filling stations in France, but the trend has been started.

Stations GNV / GNL en France
A map to help you find the NGV stations nearest to you.

A transition to gas-powered mobility can also enhance your image among your customers and prospects, and show your commitment towards future generations. You can find the solution that best suits your requirements on the transitiongnv.com, in which GRTgaz is a partner.