Gas Vehicles

Find out about gas vehicles and the benefits they could offer in your business

Natural gas vehicles work in the same way as petrol or diesel vehicles but use either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the fuel. An internal combustion engine burns the CNG or LNG to release energy and propel the vehicle. The range of gas-powered vehicles is typically up to around 1,000 miles.

CNG and LNG have a lower carbon content than petrol and diesel and therefore give off less CO2 emissions. Gas vehicles are also able to run on biomethane which can be produced by processing waste or crops. The waste that can be used for processing includes municipal waste, farm waste and manure.

When biomethane is produced from waste, the environmental benefits are greatly increased: trucks running on biomethane emit at least 80% less CO2 equivalent emissions than diesel trucks (accounting emissions from production/extraction all the way to the tailpipe combustion).

There are currently 3 CNG and 13 LNG public refuelling stations across the UK

The cost of refuelling is cheaper than for conventional vehicles on a p/mile basis, in part thanks to gas having a lower fuel duty than diesel. There are currently 3 CNG and 13 LNG public refuelling stations across the UK. At least one additional CNG station is opening in Birmingham in 2019.
 
Some CNG stations offer biomethane. The biomethane is typically produced far away from the refuelling station, and is injected into the gas grid. The amount of biomethane injected is ‘tracked’ so the amount of biomethane sold is matched by the production and injection of biomethane.

To find out more about refuelling gas vehicles and where you can find gas stations in the UK, click here.

If you are looking to purchase a new van, the IVECO Daily Natural Power (large panel van) is the only CNG option currently on the market.

If you are looking to purchase a new HGV, there are a few gas-powered models being produced but availability in the UK is quite limited. The trucks being made are mainly over 12t and are from key manufacturers such as Volvo, Iveco and Scania.

See the table below for the natural gas vehicles available in different weight categories and some key information on range and power.
Weight Category
Engine Type
Makes & Models
Range & Power

<8t GVW

Bi-fuel

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter NGT

Range: 250 miles gas only, over 750 miles total (petrol + gas)

Power: 150 HP

Dedicated

Iveco Daily NP

Range: 275 miles

Power: 140 HP

8 - 26t GVW

Dedicated

Iveco Stralis NP

Iveco Eurocargo

Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT

Volvo FE CNG

Range: 310 – 930 miles

Power: 204 – 460 HP

26 - 44t GVW

Dedicated

Iveco Stralis NP

Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT

Scania P & G (340hp)

Scania G & R (410hp)

Range: 500 – 1,000 miles (CNG – LNG)

Power: 300 – 460 HP

Dual Fuel

Volvo FM LNG

Volvo FH LNG

Range: 620 miles

Power: 460 HP

18-26t GVW

Dedicated

Iveco Stralis NP

Mercedes-Benz Econic

Scania P

Volvo FE CNG

Range: 250 miles

Power: 320 - 330 HP

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