The use of CNG in the passenger transport sector began in the mid-1990s in France with buses and, later, with refuse collection vehicles. Local authorities gradually adopted low-emission CNG fuel for public bus fleets, and then for refuse collection vehicles.
More recently, the freight transport sector has switched to CNG to reduce its polluting emissions. Most large department stores are committed to CSR and use CNG vehicles.
All cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants (except one) have CNG buses or refuse collection vehicles.
One in four buses and one in five refuse trucks sold in France run on CNG.
In addition to the drastic reduction in local pollution, the use of NGVs halves vehicle noise and enables Certibruit deliveries to be certified, and helps improve drivers' working conditions thanks to quieter and odorless vehicles.
The choice of natural gas vehicles, which also concerns courier services and construction and public works, enables deliveries to be made in all city centers.
The market share of CNG trucks has quadrupled in three years.
Regulations now oblige local authorities to renew part of their fleet with so-called low-emission vehicles. The definition of low-emission vehicles depends on the area: electric, hydrogen and CNG vehicles are considered low-emission throughout France.