Fewer taxes for natural gas cars by 2026

natural gas will be subsidized by a reduced energy tax until 2026, autogas until 2022. Large cities in particular could reduce fine dust pollution in this way.

natural gas cars can contribute to environmentally friendly mobility, especially in big cities. Therefore, the tax incentive for CNG and LNG as fuel was extended until 2026. (photo: future of natural gas)

Actually, the tax breaks for compressed and liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas would be end of 2018 phased out. With the second law to amend the energy tax and electricity tax act (18/11493, 18/11927), the government factions of the Bundestag in the finance committee on 31.05.2017 to a extension of the tax reduction for natural gas as a fuel agrees.

In this way LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) ("autogas") by the end of 2022, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) continue to be subsidized with a reduced energy tax until the end of 2026. The tax reduction for CNG and LNG will be the same amount until 2024 as they have been so far. For the following years, there will be a a degression instead of.

The tax advantage for LPG will from 2019 slowly being phased out: autogas is until the end of 2022 will continue to receive tax breaks, while at the same time the autogas tax will slowly be brought into line with the normal tax rate. Per year, the LPG price will increase by 2.94 cents from 2019 (incl. VAT.) at. From 2023 there will be no further increase in the autogas tax. LPG will then cost 14.7 cents more than today.

natural gas cars have significantly lower nitrogen oxide and particulate matter levels

LPG or. LNG consists of propane, butane and their mixtures and burns with a low level of CO2 and pollutants: autogas vehicles emit an average of 21 percent less CO2 than gasoline engines. According to a study conducted by the HTW saarland, they are already able to reduce the fine particulate emissions of gasoline-powered gasoline engines by only by up to 99. At comparison with diesel cars they also emit only around 2 percent of the harmful nitrogen oxides from.

CNG reduces CO2 emissionsby 15 percent compared to diesel, of nox by 95 percent and of particulate matter and sulfur dioxide by nearly 100 percent. This means that CNG cars significantly undercut the requirements of the euro VI emission standard.

In the current ADAC ecotest 2017 Natural gas as a fuel also performed well in comparison to those considered particularly environmentally friendly hybrid drives in terms of particulate emissions: according to the German automobile association ADAC, the particulate emissions of the toyota prius 1.8 hybrid, for example three times higher than in the škoda octavia G-tec. The so-called well-to-tank assessment, in other words, the CO2 emissions, including upstream chain and production, are favorable in the case of natural gas fuels.

By opting for continued tax breaks for natural gas cars beyond 2018, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter levels could thus z. B. In metropolitan areas reduced despite a drive technology based on the combustion of fossil fuels. natural gas cars thus represent a further mobility alternative, especially in times in which diesel drivers are in major cities with driving bans would be confronted with a further mobility alternative to the improvement of air quality in conurbations and large cities dar.

Tax reduction also promotes power to gas applications

The decision by the parliamentary groups to continue to promote natural gas fuels via the energy tax was also influenced by the "renewable potential" of natural gas and. Methane gas plays a role. The gas that can be used in cars is greener than you might think 20 percent biomethane admixed, which is produced from biomass in a CO2-neutral way. Recently, gas has also been produced from green electricity (power-to-gas), which can be used as a fuel.

The extension of the energy tax reduction for natural gas fuels thus indirectly helps to promote the use of natural gas as a fuel of the power to gas technology to become a further field of application and sales and thus ready for the market in the future. This is of particular importance for the energy transition, as power to gas can replace renewable energy sources and integrated into the various energy consumption sectors and, unlike many other technologies, can use existing natural gas infrastructures in the process.

Natural gas cars also offer financial advantages

Natural gas as a car fuel is also financially worthwhile: according to the initiative for the future of natural gas, natural gas costs the same as the energy content of gasoline 69 cents per liter – on the other hand flow autogas for 71 cents, diesel for 1.03 euro and gasoline for 1.40 euro in the tank.

autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in germany. With 7.000 autogas filling stations nationwide and over 40.000 service stations in europe over the past 15 years, the liquefied natural gas industry has already built up a nationwide network that offers german motorists security of supply, even across national borders.

For the roughly 100.000 CNG vehicles are available throughout germany 900 CNG filling stations available. In addition, a network of filling stations for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is currently being established. LNG serves as fuel for heavy trucks. Natural gas is currently the only sensible alternative when it comes to decent ranges and large loads.

At europe-wide individual transport can the use of CNG lead to greenhouse gas reduction of 23 percent compared to gasoline and of seven percent compared to diesel lead. 16 percent savings can be achieved with CNG in heavy goods traffic. Depending on the engine technology used, the use of LNG can result in savings of between six and 15 percent greenhouse gases compared to diesel vehicles, according to the results of the recent study "greenhouse gas intensity of natural gas in transport" commissioned by the natural gas vehicle association NGVA europe and conducted by thinkstep.

Natural gas cars are market-proven for years and in many model variants available from various automotive manufacturers. In addition to the gas industry, the extension had therefore been also numerous automobile manufacturers as well as associations and ngos such as the ADAC, the association of the german automotive industry (VDA), the verkehrsclub deutschland (VCD) and the deutsche umwelthilfe (DUH) pronounced.

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