Rolande, which is centrally involved in building a full-coverage LNG supply network across Europe, officially welcomed one of the Scania trucks running on LNG at its natural gas filling station in Ulm, which was opened in early July. The facility with its iconic design and futuristic architecture is optimally adjusted to the needs of trucks running on natural gas and is by now the second largest Rolande station in Europe already.
Scania is one of the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and wants to move customers to switch to the more environmentally friendly alternative of trucks with LNG engine. The LNG network of Rolande that is made up of its own filling stations as well as those of its partners ensures today already that transporters can travel routes from the north of Sweden to the south of Spain without problems in the natural gas supply.
Compared to diesel trucks, vehicles running on natural gas already emit up to 17% less CO² using fossil natural gas while the emission is reduced by up to 98% when using bio-LNG. The site in Ulm proves how quickly new LNG/CNG stations come to be accepted: in just three weeks, it has become the second biggest Rolande station in terms of fuel sales. Rolande is planning to open further public stations still this year in Duisburg, Dortmund and Lübeck, all of which will be equipped from the start for a later use of bio-LNG.
The new Rolande filling stations are part of the Connect2LNG project that is financed by the CEF program of the European Commission. The aim of the Connect2LNG project is the development of a European LNG fueling network by commissioning five stations in Germany and France.