Liverpool refuse trucks and VW important CNG announcement – NGV World Podcast – Episode 13

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The city of Liverpool premieres it’s CNG refuse truck fleet and Volkswagen gives a very dramatic announcement regarding its natural gas models.

What’s going on on the Natural Gas Vehicle World?

It’s the NGV World Podcast with a new season and a new format – Episode 13

Hello and a very warm welcome to the NGV World Podcast. Thank you all for this wonderful season in 2019 where I had the chance of meeting really interesting people. Please don’t forget to give me your feedback, get in touch, ask me questions. 

Lets go to the main part of the show!

News of the Week

1. Liverpool unveils ‘UK first’ CNG refuse trucks

  • The UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet 
  • 20 strong fleet will help to radically cut Liverpool City Council’s CO2 footprint. 
  • each new truck will cover more than 150,000 miles a year. 
  • Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis with Faun Zoeller Variopress body, a load capacity of up to 10.5 tons and a rear steering axle to easily maneuver narrow streets.
  • Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (LSSL), has invested £3.4 million in the new trucks, which will help reduce 
  • Fuel costs expected to drop by 35% compared to like-for-like diesel vehicles. 
  • A CNG station has also been installed at LSSL’s refuse collection depot.

2. VW will not develop new natural gas vehicles as it shifts aggressively to e-cars

  • VW CEO Herbert Diess says the company will no longer develop new CNG models
  • two years after predicting that cars fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could eventually account for up to 10 percent of the European fleet
  • They sold 10.8 million cars in 2018. World #1 passing Toyota
  • Strategic decision of course after the 2015 scandal looks honest path, after 30billions in costs and fines
  • Expect to be 50%EV production by 2035, close to 100% in 2050
  • Instead, the company will focus on battery electric vehicles (BEVs). 
  • VW sold just 110,000 CNG-powered cars worldwide last year, too few to justify its current investment,
  • VW does not plan to immediately stop production of currently available CNG models but it will not develop new models.
  • major push into electric vehicles,
  • a massive network of charging stations across the US, 
  • 1 billion-dollar investment settlement VW reached with U.S. authorities

Norway’s high prices of EV charge.

Battery demand, how about the known issues with Cobalt and Lithium production tied to the environment and child labor problems

I’m convinced of the technology breakthrough of having electric engines. No brainer look at the size, the gearbox. The problem still the batteries. Let’s follow closely on the issue and have informed decisions while we can.

3. ENGIE and IVECO Inaugurate a New Natural Gas Refueling Station in Turin Italy

  • ENGIE Italia, and IVECO, a commercial vehicle brand have opened a new state-of-the-art gas refueling station in Turin, in the North West of Italy, following the agreement signed in 2017.
  • 5 thousand square meters
  • The 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Engie and Iveco aims to expand the various joint projects: 
  • from France, passing through the United Kingdom, to Romania. 
  • Italian soil continues: Engie is working on three other L-CNG station projects in northern Italy
  • dozens of electric charging points throughout the territory.
  • for heavy-duty vehicles 
  • two LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and four CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) dispensers
  • some charging stations for electric vehicles powered by a photovoltaic system located on the roof.

This project is the concrete expression of ENGIE’s commitment and IVECO’s commitment in its role as a leader in the field of natural gas vehicles.

Fuel variety is what I really like about the station. IVECO will continue to propose clean and available NG options

Gas Price Overview

(For the week ending Wednesday, March 4, 2020)

  • Natural gas spot prices fell at most locations this report week (Wednesday, February 26 to Wednesday, March 4). The Henry Hub spot price fell from $1.92 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) last Wednesday to $1.80/MMBtu yesterday.
  • At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the March 2020 contract expired last Wednesday at $1.821/MMBtu. The April 2020 contract price decreased to $1.827/MMBtu, down 1¢/MMBtu from last Wednesday to yesterday. The price of the 12-month strip averaging April 2020 through March 2021 futures contracts declined 1¢/MMBtu to $2.157/MMBtu.
  • Prices are down with other commodities. This report week (Wednesday, February 26 to Wednesday, March 4), the Henry Hub spot price fell 12¢ from $1.92/MMBtu last Wednesday to $1.80/MMBtu yesterday after reaching a low of $1.70/MMBtu on Monday. Temperatures that were generally warmer than normal across the Lower 48 states and decreased demand in global energy markets due to worldwide economic concerns put downward pressure on domestic prices.

Great CNG Content of the Week

  • Agility Blue iQ Explained. Smart Gauge dashboard has Vehicle Range Monitor to determine how far drivers can go with the gas on board,
  • Seat Arona Testing Video 
  • Peter Eaton CNG station drone footage.

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