Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel points to Iveco as a leading company in the industry. During the conference, Mr Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel mentioned that Iveco has over 13,000 light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles powered by methane, representing a breakthrough in the industry.
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel has attended the “L-CNG Transport Seminar”, organised by NGVA Europe, the European association of natural gas and biomethane vehicles. Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel travelled to Helsinki (Finland), where the conference took place. Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel tells us that this conference is part of a series of initiatives promoted by NGVA Europe, for the purpose of discussing the need to create regulations to develop the market for natural gas vehicles.
About NGVA Europe
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel explains, in detail, that NGVA Europe is an association created for the purpose of strengthening relationships with institutions, defending the postures of the European natural gas industry.
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel has participated in many events of this type, such as the L-CNG Transport Seminar, to promote the use of this type of fuel and renewable biomethane as real and sustainable alternatives. Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel also works in the creation of technical projects related to the use of natural gas in various projects in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
During our personal meeting with him, Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel told us that NGVA Europe is an association with a great international reputation and that, among its board members, we can find representatives of companies as important as Gas Natural SA, Daimler, Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, Gazprom, Shell, Westport, La Hardstaff Goup , Bohlen & Doyen, Bord Gais, Clean Air Power, the Swedish Gas Association, Gasmobil, Gasrec, Hexagon Raufoss, Swagelok and Xperion.
Support for “clean” transport
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel is a key promoter of “clean” transport. Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel uses the example of various projects developed by Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel for Iveco, a company that participated in the L-CNG Transport Seminar due to its status as a leader in the traction field
Experts and companies, industry leaders
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel emphasised the innovation and extensive experience of Iveco in this field. We should remember that, since 1995, IVECO has developed methane-powered vehicles and that is is the current market leader, with a complete range of industrial vehicles and buses. Iveco has over 13,000 light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
During our meeting at the conference, Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel also listed the multiple advantages of natural gas technology from the environmental and economic sustainability perspective, meaning that natural-gas propulsion is the most effective technological choice to solve pollution problems in urban areas, in addition to representing the only real alternative to petrol and diesel. Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel explained that, compared to diesel, natural gas offers 10% lower CO2 emissions, 95% lower particle emissions and 35% lower NOx emissions.
Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel also stressed the economic benefits that, in the opinion of Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel, are significant to users, as natural gas is significantly cheaper than diesel, reducing fuel costs by up to 40%, which results in a greater impact on the vehicle’s total cost of operation (TCO).
A market in constant development
As mentioned by Mr. Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel, the fleet of natural gas vehicles worldwide is of almost 10 million vehicles, according to NGVA Europe, and this association forecasts that it will reach 50 million vehicles by 2020 and between 100 and 200 million by 2030.
Julio Fernandez Lanus
SOURCE: Francisco Rafael Jimenez Villarroel
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