Russian Ministry of Energy completes test drive of LADA VESTA CNG natural gas vehicle
The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has completed a trial run of the commercial LADA VESTA CNG natural gas passenger vehicle. The test drive to determine the convenience and economic performance of the natural gas vehicle in Moscow was conducted with the support of AVTOVAZ over the course of a month – from 10 July to 10 August.
The LADA VESTA CNG is designed to use both compressed natural gas as well as traditional petrol. A fully fuelled car is able to travel more than 1,000 kilometres without refuelling. When the gas in the cylinders runs out, the engine automatically switches to petrol. The fuel option can only be changed with a gas/petrol switch.
As of 9 August 2017, the vehicle had reached mileage of 1,185 km, including 1,085 km during the trial run. The average daily mileage was 36 km. The vehicle consumed a total of 37 litres of gasoline and 53 cubic metres of natural gas (CNG). The average CNG fuelling time was about 4 minutes, or approximately 5.2 m3 per minute, which is comparable with the fuelling speed at a filling station. Given that the car was mainly driven within Moscow’s Third Ring Road, the average mileage for refuelling the vehicle with CNG car at NGV filling stations was about 19 km in both directions.
The fuel consumed over the reporting period cost RUB 2,269 (37 litres х RUB 37.70 per litre + 53 m3 х RUB 16.5 per m3). Thus, the fuel cost savings (compared to the use of motor petrol) was RUB 1,124, or more than RUB 1.6 per 1 km of mileage.
Today, natural gas is the most eco-friendly and promising type of fuel. Russia is one of the world’s leaders in natural gas production and reserves. Issues concerning the globalization and prospects of the natural gas market will be discussed in particular during Russian Energy Week 2017.
Moscow, October 4. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Chairman of the MediaTEK Expert Council, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Executive Office and Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov have handed the winning participants in the MediaTEK All-Russian Contest for the Media, Energy Sector Press Services, and Regional Administrations their awards at the ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum
During an interview with radio station Business FM on the sidelines of REW 2017, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak discussed the outcomes of the event and the agreements concluded there, as well as the prospects for global oil markets, the development of the gas sector, the future of the energy balance in Russia and globally over the next two decades, and cooperation with foreign partners.
An accreditation point for participants in the ‘Russian Energy Week’ International Forum has opened at the State Historical Museum located at 1, Red Ploschad (entrance behind the Georgy Zhukov monument) starting from 3 October. For the convenience of the Forum’s guests, the point is located within walking distance from the main venue of the event – the Manege Central Exhibition Hall (no accreditation is available in the actual Manege Hall) and will be open over the entire duration of Russian Energy Week. Participants can pick up their badges from 8:00 to 20:00 on 3 October, from 8:00 to 18:00 on 4–6 October, and from 8:00 to 16:00 on 7 October. In addition, the accreditation point at the Moscow World Trade Center located at 12, Krasnopresnenskaya Nab., Entrance 7, ground floor will continue to work from 9:00 to 20:00 on 3 October. Badges grant access to the main events of the REW 2017 business programme. Forum participants must wear the badges over the duration of the event and also carry a passport or other identity document. Badges are personalized and may not be transferred to third parties.