The startup will make offers to increase the attractiveness of methane-powered engine vehicles

2020-12-21

The initiative by several manufacturers and local companies will encourage carriers to switch to vehicles powered by methane and biomethane instead of diesel.

The initiative by several manufacturers and local companies will encourage carriers to switch to vehicles powered by methane and biomethane instead of diesel.

This will be achieved by offering a package of services to transportation companies, which will include special conditions for the purchase of vehicles, and the purchase and use of fuel. In its media release Dvire startup states that this will make the total cost of ownership of a gas-powered engine vehicle more attractive than a diesel alternative.
Two representatives of commercial vehicle manufacturers, Iveco and Scania, the compressed gas filling infrastructure company SG Dujos and Panevėžys Bus Fleet are contributing to this initiative.

The startup will seek to ensure that this year carriers would review their vehicle purchase plans and would purchase trucks fuelled with methane and biomethane.

“We will encourage the use of methane-fuelled vehicles in order to build the necessary foundation for the use of bio-methane, hydrogen and electricity from solar, wind and recycled waste energy on Lithuanian roads in the near future, in addition to methane. In this way, we will seek to establish a sustainable transport fleet in Lithuania as soon as possible, which would allow significant reduction of CO2 emissions,” Marius Čižas, the manager of Dvire, said.

He noted that the EU was making a major effort to achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050, to promote the use of alternative renewable fuels – biomethane, hydrogen and electricity in every Member State, although Lithuania cannot yet boast of its achievements in this area.

“It is clear that despite recent attempts by the state to catalyse the market, Lithuania is significantly lagging behind the targets set by the EU to reduce CO2 emissions. We hope that the changes will accelerate after the adoption of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Alternative Fuels, which has already reached the Seimas and may be adopted during its term. However, we have decided to stop waiting and act by involving the majority of the stakeholders. We hope that this year we will be able to draw the attention of local carriers, who usually choose new vehicles in autumn. In the future, we expect support from the state: in developed European markets, carriers get clearly comprehensible financial incentives. Lithuanian carriers operating in the international markets already use such incentives, but their trucks travel on the roads of Western Europe, but not on the roads of Lithuania,” Čižas said.

Ernestas Jakubonis, head of Iveco representative office for the Baltic countries, has noted that Lithuanian carriers are happy to test and purchase methane-powered engine vehicles, but they are limited by insufficient gas filling infrastructure and financial incentives.

“We hope that our new initiative will stir up the market, and when the first vehicles appear on the roads, this will be an additional incentive and motivation to expand the infrastructure of the gas filling stations,” Jakubonis said.
In this initiative, Scania promises to contribute with its solutions by offering special prices for the purchase and maintenance of gas-powered engine trucks as well as financing under very attractive conditions.

Virginijus Korsakas, general manager of SG Dujos, insists that his company is ready to fuel its vehicles with biomethane as soon as this fuel is produced in the Lithuanian market and to offer attractive gas prices.

Panevėžys Bus Fleet has joined this initiative by offering access to the only methane filling station in Panevėžys.
Methane gas technologies reduce CO2 emissions, eliminate nitrogen oxides (NOx) to a minimum and limit engine noise by half.

VŽ has reported that Lithuanian carriers have been experimenting with alternative fuels in small volumes for some time, but these were just individual cases.

UAB Dvire founded by Čižas two years ago, announced its focus on biomethane and hydrogen, and their use together with electricity and other alternative fuels.
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