Today, Dunhuang, China hosted the closure of the 2019 Silk Way international rally. An NGV-powered KAMAZ driven by Sergey Kupriyanov ranked among five truck race winners.
The race gathered 15 trucks made in Russia and abroad by KAMAZ, GAZ, MAZ, Renault, HINO, DAF, and IVECO. The only truck running on natural gas was a KAMAZ.
The rally snaked through Russia, Mongolia, and China. In a ten-day period, the racers covered a distance of over 5,000 km and made it through challenging stretches in boreal forests, steppes, and deserts.
The Silk Way organizing committee awarded Sergey Kupriyanov’s team with a special prize acknowledging their contribution to the preservation of the environment.
“KAMAZ on NGV has again withstood a serious challenge. This shows that natural gas vehicles are powerful, reliable, and eco-friendly”, Sergey Kupriyanov said.
Gazprom prioritizes, among other things, the production and marketing of natural gas (methane) for vehicles. A specialized company established within the Gazprom Group, Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel LLC seeks to systematize the promotion of the NGV market.
Currently, Russia has more than 300 natural gas filling stations.
Natural gas is one of the most eco-friendly and cost-effective fuels. Its use produces up to ten times less exhaust fumes, and the price of a cubic meter of methane is about 16 rubles on average. Within its chain of service stations, Gazprom sells natural gas under the EcoGas brand.
The NGV-powered KAMAZ is a special-purpose sports truck running on compressed natural gas. The project was launched in 2013 by the KAMAZ-Master team supported by Gazprom and the VTB Bank. The 2019 race featured a third modification of the truck. The project aims to demonstrate the advantages of the use of natural gas for vehicles.
The 2019 Silk Way international rally started on July 6 in Irkutsk. Gazprom is the general partner to the rally.