3 Myths About LNG Trucks
Liquefied natural gas is growing in popularity as a fuel. However, there are still a few misconceptions that prevent it from being more widely utilised in the trucking sector. Take a look at the three most common myths about LNG trucks and the real truth behind them.
Myth 1: LNG trucks need refuelling too often
Long hauls are the inevitable necessity for the transportation of goods. It can take a significant amount of time to get to the final destination, and the additional delays caused by needing to constantly refuel are an unwelcome nuisance.
However, the belief that trucks powered by LNG can only go a few hundred kilometres at a time is false. Recently, an Iveco Stralis NP 460hp truck completed a 1,728 km haul without the need for refuelling. It is considered to be the longest ever journey by road on a single fill of LNG, displaying the average fuel consumption of 22.6 kg/100 km. According to Iveco, it saved about £200 of fuel costs for the outward journey – that’s 40% cheaper than using diesel. This proves that LNG trucks are the perfect fit for road transport in Europe.
Myth 2: There are not enough filling stations
While it is true that in Europe the number of LNG filling stations is quite small, the infrastructure development is well on its way. According to NGVA Europe, in 2017 there were only 101, but under the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, there should be a refuelling point at approximately every 400km for LNG by 2025.
Moreover, the first cryogenic filling station is being constructed on the new Moscow – St. Petersburg M11 highway to be used primarily for LNG trucks. It is a part of Gazprom’s undertaking to create natural gas filling infrastructure along the Europe – China transit route. These developments ensure that powering a truck with LNG is a good bet for the future.
Myth 3: LNG emissions are just as bad as diesel
Since LNG is a fossil fuel like oil or coal, some believe it is counterproductive to use it as a way to protect the environment. While LNG does not guarantee zero emissions, it still is the cleanest burning fossil fuel around.
According to a 2015 Journal of Environmental Science and Technology study, diesel trucks emit more than 8 grams bhp/hour of nitrogen oxides, while LNG trucks produce just .2 NOx grams bhp/hour. Compared with a Euro VI diesel engine, a heavy duty truck running on LNG emits 99% less particulate matter, and up to 15% less CO2, making it a far more environmentally friendly alternative.
More myths are going to be broken about LNG infrastructure development at the 3rd Annual LNG USA Summit in Houston on 26-27 February 2019. Join LNG leaders and experts for presentations & discussions about the most relevant issues faced in all sectors of the industry and network with decision-makers from across the whole value chain. Register today!