Will the LNG drive dominate the truck transport? Germany gives a hint
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German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) indicates in a special report that the LNG drive (liquefied natural gas) is the best solution for long-distance transport. This applies both to short-term perspective, as to the next 10-15 years.
German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has published the „Initiative for environmentally friendly road transport” (Initiative klimafreundlicher Strassengüterverkehr). It specifies that the goal to be achieved by the country as part of the climate-related activities is the reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050. At the same time emissions from transport are to be reduced by 42% by 2030 (in relation to the value from 1990).
Achieving this goal will require almost complete decarbonisation of the transport sector.
BMVI Roadmap focuses on trucks and considers the cost-effectiveness of using natural gas, hydrogen fuel cells and electricity-based liquid fuels as solutions aimed at achieving sustainable transport.
LNG drive now and Hydrogen drive in 15 years
The study shows that LNG is the only alternative for the fuel oil on the market until the introduction of fuel cell systems powered by hydrogen in, approximately, 2030. Only then will the electricity-based liquid fuels be launched on the market.
According to the forecasts included in the BMVI study, by 2030 50 thousand long-distance trucks with alternative drive will be sold, a thousand of which will be covered by an incentive program which is to be announced soon.