UTA, a provider of fuel and service cards in Europe, is expanding its own supply network to include LIQVIS GmbH's LNG service stations. As of 1 April, UTA customers can refuel their vehicles with LNG at LIQVIS service stations without cash using the UTA Full Service Card.
The Uniper subsidiary LIQVIS has been operating LNG service stations since 2017. They are located at strategic high-traffic hubs e.g. in Kassel-Lohfelden and Berlin-Grünheide. In order to meet the rising demand for the alternative fuel LNG, the German service station infrastructure is set to be systematically expanded in the coming years. Additional LIQVIS service stations will be installed in the areas in and around Hamburg, Hannover and Bönen, among others.
“We are delighted that with LIQVIS as our partner we are able to further expand our network and provide our customers with access to eco-friendly and cost-effective mobility,” says Gabriel Moulènes, Sales and Marketing Director at UTA. “LNG is a large-range and efficient alternative to diesel that allows fleet operators and forwarding agents to reduce their operating costs.” LNG HGVs with their low levels of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions easily meet the strict environmental requirements of the Euro VI emissions standard. LNG powered vehicles also have significantly lower noise emissions than diesel vehicles, which is a particular advantage for urban deliveries. LNG trucks can also cover long distances without needing refuelling. As the fuel costs for heavy HGVs over 18 t with an annual mileage from 100 000 km are lower than for diesel vehicles, LNG is also more cost-efficient. LNG users will continue to benefit from this price advantage in the long term because LNG, which is independent of pipelines, can be transported over long distances in an economically efficient manner and global production capacities are increasing. At present, however, there are still too few public LNG filling stations in Germany, which is why the network is to be further expanded.
“To meet the growing demand for LNG, we will set up additional service stations and thus actively contribute to the expansion of the service station network,” explains Silvano Calcagno, Managing Director of LIQVIS. “The recently made decision by the German Bundestag to extend the toll exemption for LNG trucks in Germany and the UTA card behind us will help us to convince other transport companies that the change is economical and easy to implement.”
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