Greece: State-private collaboration for natural gas in vehicles

In Greece, the regulatory framework for the use of gas in vehicles has been completed and the market corresponds to the need for cleaner fuels, while consumers who want to use a friendlier fuel, like gas, are further facilitated.

The use of natural gas in vehicles continues to advance in Greece and abroad through the coordination of governments, public bodies and the market, while at the same time infrastructure is being developed, as well as motives and terms for the use of the “green fuel”. In Greece, the regulatory framework for the use of gas in vehicles has been completed and the market corresponds to the need for cleaner fuels, while consumers who want to use a friendlier fuel, like gas, are further facilitated.

Consumption of CNG rises in Greece

The consumption of CNG rose by 220% in Greece in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to latest data. More specifically, in 2016 consumption reached 1.361.000 kilograms versus 640.000 in 2015.

The rise of consumption for CNG is a result of the reduction of prices and the increased familiarity of Greek consumers with this alternative fuel, which is being used for decades abroad.

CNG “traverses” 361km. with 10 Euros

In a recent test, a Skoda Octavia 1.4 G-TEC traversed the 361km. route from Athens to Delphi and back again. The cost was just 10 Euros and consumption was only 3.4 kilos/100km. of natural gas.

Refuelling points for CNG

Citizens and professional drivers alike can be supplied with natural gas and get rid of the angst of fuel quality. Fisikon refueling stations are situated in nodal points in Attica, Central and Northern Greece, while their network increases continuously.

Why choose CNG

  • A short recuperation time (18 months on average)
  • Reduced fuel cost; According to current prices, the price of CNG is about 65% less than gasoline, 25-30% less than diesel and about 40% less than LPG.
  • Reduced emissions; It is the cleanest alternative fuel, emitting up to 30% less greenhouse gasses compared to gasoline and diesel vehicles.
  • A CNG vehicle running at relatively high load usually emits about 25% less CO2 than a similar gasoline or diesel vehicle.
  • Fuel efficiency; As for the efficiency of the fuel, one kilgram of CNG provides much more energy compared to a litre of other fuels. In energy terms, it is equal to 1.6 litres of unleaded gasoline, 1.3 litres of diesel and 2 litres of LPG.
  • Regulatory and financial motivations such as blue corridors (a European supply network), discounts in road and registration taxes.

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