Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, held a meeting at the premises of AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, Samara Region, on issues related to developing the domestic NGV market and stimulating supply and demand for natural gas-powered vehicles. Over the past five years (in 2014–2018), 20,000 factory-built NGVs were produced in Russia, figure that is not enough to facilitate active development of the domestic NGV market.
Russian manufacturers currently offer more than 220 models of natural gas vehicles. These include mostly passenger vehicles (buses and minibuses), trucks (dump trucks, box trucks, garbage trucks, etc.), and special vehicles (such as tractors, bulldozers, and mobile cranes). At the same time, in order to ensure the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel on a mass scale, it is required to create capacities to manufacture a broad lineup of affordable cars.
The meeting participants reviewed the plans of domestic and foreign companies for the development of NGV manufacturing in Russia, paying particular attention to cost parameters. They also discussed matters concerning the synchronized development of the NGV refueling infrastructure and NGV servicing networks.
“A broad lineup of modern vehicles powered by natural gas is a prerequisite for the development of the Russian NGV market. It is essential that all market players concentrate their efforts in this area in a systematic and integrated manner,” said Zubkov. “Commercial and private buyers should be assured that cost-effective, eco-friendly and, last but not least, reliable NGVs are also attractive in terms of price and maintenance services.”
A Gazprom delegation paid a visit to the production facilities of AVTOVAZ, including the assembly shop where cars are converted to natural gas and the new CNG filling station of the company in Togliatti.