The 10,000 registered natural gas vehicles mark was broken in December. The total combined emission reduction of these cars is equal to more than 14,000 car journeys from Finland’s southernmost to northernmost tip and back.
Finland’s National Energy and Climate Strategy sets the goal of having 50,000 natural gas vehicles in domestic transport by 2030. The current popularity of NGVs is, however, indicating that the goal will be exceeded ahead of schedule. Only some years ago there were less than 2,000 NGVs on Finland’s roads. Now in 2019 alone almost 4,000 new vehicles have been registered in the country.
Gasum is investing strongly in the expansion of the Nordic NGV infrastructure. The company has opened several new filling stations for cars as well as heavy-duty vehicles in Finland and Sweden during 2019. The Gasum station network in Finland currently comprises 33 stations, with the southernmost ones located in Helsinki and the northernmost ones in Oulu. Overall there is a network of around 50 filling stations in this country.
“Together with our partners, we’ve been taking determined steps to build cleaner transport in Finland. Expanding the natural gas station network and increasing awareness have played an important role in this. We’re heading in the right direction now, and making the right political decisions is also vital for the climate targets to be reached. For example, various incentives for choosing a more environmentally friendly vehicle can help accelerate the transition to cleaner transport,” said Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen.
Growth in demand has also been boosted by the developing range of CNG cars available and the fact that Finland’s favorite car makes, such as Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen, feature CNG models.
“The rapidly increased need to cut mobility emissions makes driving on natural gas an unmatched solution for private as well as company car users. The 10,000 natural gas cars currently on Finnish roads are already creating an emission reduction of more than 7,000 tons – equal to more than 14,000 car journeys from Finland’s southernmost to northernmost tip and back,” commented Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Traffic, Gasum.