Is your fleet found all over Europe? Do you offer long haul services from Rotterdam to Bolonga or From Zwolle to Valencia? Then you might think LNG is not an option for your fleet. But you are wrong. Italy, France, Spain, they all offer good LNG infrastructure. Even in England and Wales infrastructure is available. Funny enough, Germany, which has a good reputation when it comes to CNG, offers a relatively small amount of public LNG filling station. In this article we answer three questions about European LNG filling stations.

How do I find LNG filling stations?

Finding LNG filling stations is not that hard. Below we offer you three options, all with their own benefits:

  1. The Pitpointapp – easy access to the locations of the filling stations on your telephone. The app gives information about the location, opening hours and you can plan your route via Google maps.
  2. The NGVAwebsite – the Natural Gas Vehicle Association has a map of filling stations on their website. Scroll down and you will see they also have a route planning option that shows filling stations on your route, very convenient.
  3. The CNG Europewebsite – contrary to its name, it also has information on LNG. Such as the filling stations. This information often includes telephone numbers and websites of the filling stations, ideal if you want to do some research.

What to be aware of?

Even though there are thousands of filling stations across Europe, it is still good to plan ahead of time. Not all stations are open all day every day. In Italy for instance, most filling stations have opening hours. In Spain filling stations can be accessed 24 hours a day. Of course this is common for filling stations in general in these countries, but if your range is limited, you need to take this into account.

Range is something to take into account in general. Even with all the filling stations in Italy for instance, you might have to drive 100 kilometres to find the next LNG filling station, so it is not always direct around the corner.

Can you show me an example?Let’s say you want to drive from the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam to Milan in Italy. The map below shows the itinerary from the NGVA website. You might want to fill up in Rotterdam or Antwerp to get to Strasbourgh, fill up and then deliver goods in Milan. Before your return, you might want to fill up in Milan again.

This article was written by Elske van de Fliert, expert on cleaner, leaner and greener transport. For over a decade Elske and her company Zero-e have helped companies that seek to reduce their CO2 emissions and their impact on the environment in general to be sustainable and thriving companies. Are you ready to reduce fuel consumption? Check out the free monitoring checklist here, to start saving fuel now.


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