The Moscow city council has passed this decree as a way for broad introduction of CNG in the region and, according to NGVRUS president, Eugene Pronin, it is “a promising document” that may attract good investment.
The plan involves, among other objectives, serving social facilities (hospitals, kindergartens, schools) with Euro-4 vehicles or CNG vehicles, exempting NGVs from the ban to enter the central area of Moscow and restricted traffic zones, feeding communal vehicles with alternative fuels.
In addition, Moscow government will give at least 5 years of exemption from paying land tax to multifuel filling stations where CNG reaches 30 per cent of the overall fuel sales, and companies with commercial vehicles with more than 50 per cent of the fleet powered by alternative fuels (CNG and electric).
Finally, the resolution entails the following key points:
– Six Moscow bus companies will be using CNG.
– 21 locations were approved for building CNG stations.
– Filling facilities without CNG option will not be allowed in the city.
– Moscow Law on the Use of Alternative Transportation Fuels will be developed.
– Government of Moscow plans to begin OEM production of NGVs.
– Moscow NGVs will be used to serve Olympic Games in Sochi.
– Biomethane from sewage water and landfills will be produced in Moscow.