Rolande has opened a new LNG filling station at gates of the city of Dortmund. This way, Rolande makes a central contribution to reaching the ambitious climate goals in heavy goods vehicle traffic and establishing a nationwide LNG refueling network in Germany. The next Rolande LNG station in Lübeck is already in the works. Further locations, among others, in Grasdorf, Zeisar and Hamburg are planned in for this year.
While only four LNG stations operated in Germany overall in 2019, this figure increased to 43 as soon as by December 2020. It is supposed to double once more by the end of 2021 with the help of Rolande. The company operates exclusively public filling stations that can be used by any customer.
“Despite the difficult and challenging year, we have maintained our vision to consistently push ahead with the expansion of our network and – thanks to our reliable partners – we have accomplished to open our first two locations in Germany,” said Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of Rolande. “Opening our third filling station is a milestone for our planned blanket-coverage LNG station network in Germany and Europe, and the start of a decisive year for us in building 10 further stations in Germany. The European Commission has set itself the goal of making the economy climate-neutral by 2030. We believe that the heavy goods vehicle traffic can reach this target as of 2025, and we want to help make this come true. It is becoming ever more important to work deliberately on this in light of the Climate Accord, the CO2 tax and the rising environmental awareness of consumers and businesses.”
The station in Dortmund is located at an important traffic hub on B236 near Dortmund’s orbital motorway and it is a traditional public 24/7 self-serve petrol station with two LNG pumps and a capacity to guarantee the quick fueling of up to 150 vehicles per day without long waits. Owing to the large entry and exit, the filling station has the ideal dimensions for heavy goods trucks.
By December 2023, trucks that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas continue to be exempt from road tolls in Germany. This makes for savings of up to 18.7 cents in road tolls per driven kilometer for the operators. LNG trucks are consequently not only sustainable but also attractive economically.