The new WLTP standards have caused a lot of work for vehicle manufacturers. As a result, the commercialization of the CNG models has been put on hold for several months. Currently, the situation is gradually improving, although not all models have yet returned to the market. However, orders remain high as the popularity of CNG has grown so much in a short space of time.
In the near future, it will be possible to refuel with renewable gas (biomethane) produced from biogas, which can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%. The first tests have been carried out in Flanders last November and they turned out to be conclusive. It is already a reality in Germany and France, waiting for other technologies to become a real alternative, gas as fuel is not the future, it is not a utopia, it is a reality. Even if users are in an area with few supply points, they can still drive on gasoline.
The purchase price of a CNG van is relatively close to the price of a diesel vehicle of equivalent power, the average price difference being a few hundred euros. And since the price of a liter of diesel is historically almost 40% more expensive than that of a kilo of CNG, the cost of fuel per 100 km is therefore much higher for a diesel van than for a CNG vehicle.
But it is in heavy truck transport where the difference in favor of CNG has historically been greater, being very profitable in these cases compared to the diesel vehicle.
The price of CNG in Belgium is very competitive and, beyond the temporary changes in the market, it seems to be an alternative that will have great savings for the companies that use it