The country consolidates its leadership in the continent
Italy beats Germany and becomes the country with more CNG stations in Europe
The first nation mentioned recently reached 908 compressed natural gas refueling points and took the first place in the region in the supply network segment after defeating Germany, which gathers 907 facilities. This goal was achieved when the methane filling station in the town of Lucera, province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southern Italy, was put into operation.
According to statements made by the president of the Osservatorio Matanauto, Dante Natali, "Italy confirms its leading position in Europe regarding natural gas vehicles market." The executive noted that the country also has the largest number of CNG-powered vehicles operative in the continent, as well as a significant number of companies doing business in the NGV market, including those ones engaged in export and contributing decisively in the consolidation of this technology around the world.
"The NGV industry represents a real sector of excellence for our country, from which the local economy can be pushed once again," said Dante Natali, according to a report published by the news agency Ansa.
At the end of the first half of 2012, the natural gas vehicles market share grew to 3.56, whereas exactly a year ago the figure reached 1.94. According to Automobili10 website, the positive result is connected with the acceptance that certain CNG variants are gaining –such as the Fiat Panda model- among those users looking forward to save money on fuel consumption.