NGV Global has updated it’s report on the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and refuelling stations, country by country. According to the information we have to hand, there are now more than 23 million NGVs in the world. Growth is forecast to exceed 30 million by 2024. Read more »
The 2011 list of the top 10 countries with the most number of NGVs globally remains the same but in different order. Iran tops the list with 2.859 million followed by Pakistan with 2.85 million while China has moved from 7th place last year to 6th, with 1 million vehicles. The overall total sums to more than 15 million natural gas vehicles recorded across 84 countries at the end of 2011, rising from the end 2010 figure of 12,674,402. That represents growth of 19.9% over 2010, 33.7% since 2009.
Media reports from China indicate that in the year April 2011 to May 2012, natural gas vehicle numbers increased by 378,000. More than 60% of the increase happened in the January to May period of this year.
The increase reportedly brings China’s total NGV population to 1.104 million with 98.9% of those operating on compressed natural gas (CNG).
More information: NGV Global News item on China’s NGV Market and CVWorld.
Thailand’s national energy company, PTT Public Company Limited, reports that by end of 2011 the total number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has increased to 300,581 units from 162,023 units back in 2009 (85.5% growth). These figures represent a 34% OEM market share, compared to just 10% versus conversion models just two years previous. Read more »
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.
- Data 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.
In it’s latest Series Report on China’s Natural Gas Vehicle Market, produced by the Auto Industry Development Institute (AIDI) and China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), figures indicate the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market there is thriving and getting stronger. Read more »