Gas into Motors motor rally ends in St. Petersburg
The Gas into Motors motor rally featuring Gazprom natural gas vehicles ended today as part of the 5th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The event was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.
The rally was comprised of 13 vehicles, mostly trucks and passenger cars, representing 12 subsidiaries of Gazprom. Stretching from the eastern, northern and southern directions, the routes ran towards the western part of the country – the city of St. Petersburg. The motor rally kicked off from the three cities: Tomsk (September 23), Yugorsk (September 27) and Stavropol (September 30). Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo arranged the event.
The Gas into Motors rally has once again confirmed the cost effectiveness of fueling vehicles with natural gas. Thus, a KAMAZ truck, which set out from Tomsk, the most distant point of the route, needed around 750 cubic meters of fuel to get to St. Petersburg. The fuel costs made up some RUB 9,000, which is almost three times cheaper as compared to diesel fuel.
Overall, the motor vehicles covered 27,618 kilometers. The NGV equipment showed fail-safe running.
“The benefits of fueling engines with natural gas are obvious – it is profitable, convenient for consumers and eco-friendly. We have made a strong case for this conclusion once again. Our cars have successfully overcome long distances and finished today in St. Petersburg. This is another reason for converting vehicles to natural gas,” said Alexey Miller.
Gazprom extensively develops the Russian NGV market to bring it up to a new level.
The Company has adopted the program for converting the in-house vehicle fleet to natural gas. Over 1,600 units of NGV equipment was purchased in 2014 for subsidiary companies. Pursuant to the document, the share of NGV facilities in the Company’s vehicle fleet will make up 30 per cent in 2015, this figure will rise to 50 per cent in 2017 and to 70 per cent in 2020.
Set up in December 2012, Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo is a sole operator of Gazprom, responsible for the NGV market development.