The country currently has more than 8,800 NGVs, some 2,100 more than in 2013, including approximately 570 buses. Besides, CNG consumption in 2014 was almost 30 million m3 which reflects more than 36 % growth compared to 2013. Based on Eurogas data (wherein the country is represented by the Czech Gas Association), CNG consumption in Europe may increase as much as seven times by 2035.
Moreover, there was a 50% increase in fueling stations in a year, with currently 75 public facilities in operation and dozens of new sites expected to become operational by the end of 2015. The objectives about the installation of infrastructure for alternative fuels focused on CNG have nearly already been fulfilled in the Czech Republic.
Regarding bus sector, Czech transport companies are purchasing natural gas-powered buses more often as they save tens of millions of CZ Koruna (CZK) per year. By the end of 2015 there should be more than 800 units.
The Czech Ministry of the Environment is prepared to give a large subsidy to replace the oldest buses (emitting the most emissions) with new environmentally friendly CNG vehicles, covering up to 85% of the real price. This grant also supports the construction of new CNG stations.
Source: Czech Gas Association