Switzerland NGV Update – end 2011

The Swiss Gas Industry Association (erdgas.ch) has reported the number of natural gas vehicles in Switzerland rose to 10,300 in 2011 (up from 9,600 in 2010 according to NGV Global 2010 statistics).

The gas station network in Switzerland now includes 132 stations. Also recorded was an increased sales of natural gas and biogas as fuel – the equivalent of approximately 22.5 million gallons of gasoline, of which biogas (biomethane) amounted to a 21% share.

Across the nation natural gas/biogas at refuelling stations is about 30 percent cheaper than gasoline.

Most of Switzerland’s natural gas comes from Western Europe. The imported natural gas is delivered to approximately two thirds of EU countries and Norway. Almost a quarter comes from development areas in Russia and the rest from various other regions. About half of Switzerland’s supply is purchased under long-term supply agreements with major suppliers in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy. These also operate large underground storage facilities. The rest is sourced from contracts with short to very short maturities. There are no contracts with Russian suppliers.

Swissgas is the main importer. Together with German and Austrian partners it is active in the Norwegian natural gas production.

Source: gasorama

2011 Natural Gas Vehicle Statistics Published

  • Natural gas vehicle growth statistics 2011Data as at Dec 31 2011
  • 15 million natural gas vehicles operating around the world
  • Almost 20,000 natural gas fueling stations
  • Sales for 2011 exceed projections

We have just released updated industry statistics as at the end of 2011 on our main NGV statistics data page.

The stats indicate there are more than 15 million natural gas vehicles running around the world.

Though currently lagging behind projections made in 2006, higher than expected sales in 2011 (2.576 million actual vs 2.495 million projected) resulted in a slight closing of the gap. The increase was more than twice the increase of 2010 (1.249 million), indicating a strong recovery from the slump caused by global financial conditions.

Data is collected from a variety of industry sources and should be taken as approximate only.

Figures indicate that Iran now has the highest number of natural gas vehicles, with 2.859 million on the road, slightly ahead of Pakistan at 2.85 million.

Data currently excludes marine vessels and off-road vehicles at this stage but these will be added in future years. Updates and corrections are welcome via email.