Liquefied Natural Gas for trucks is coming to France.
Several manufacturers have already entered this new promising market that could represent up to 20% of road transport in 2025.
Natural gas, already used in its compressed form, is coming to France in its liquid form in tanks (-160°C to -130°C). The first trucks have started to roll with this LNG fuel which is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than diesel. According to a study by SIA Partners, it actually enables an autonomy of up to 1000 kms and reduces by almost 90% the emissions of fine particles, by 70% those of nitrogen oxides and by 15% those of CO2 as compared to diesel. And even if a LNG engine requires a 30- 40% additional cost for a heavy weight truch, the price of fuel at the pump allows a return on investment within 5 years with 50,000 kms annual operation. Several manufacturers have already entered this new promising market that could represent up to 20% of the road transport in 2025. France, at the heart of the European road network, had to develop the necessary infrastructure. This is now done, with the first service stations for liquefied-natural gas trucks which have just opened in the south-west of France, a new step in the construction of a national LNG-supply network.