November 24, 2006
Natural gas vehicle sales rise in Germany
Munich, Germany – Registrations of compressed natural gas (CNG) passenger cars in Germany climbed by 2,180 units in October 2006, an increase of more than 300 per cent of the October 2005 figure. Germans bought 9,231 CNG vehicles from January to October 2006, a 47 per cent increase year-on-year; there are now more than 50,000 CNG vehicles on the road in Germany.
Sales of all alternative fuel and powertrain vehicles passed one per cent of all new passenger-car registrations in 2006 for the first time in October. In addition to the CNG vehicles, there are also 412 gasoline-electric hybrids and 429 LPG vehicles registered.
Currently, there are 700 CNG stations in Germany, with a projection of 1,000 units by the end of 2008. CNG costs less than gasoline or diesel.