Vienna tops NGV registration ranking

The number of natural gas-operated cars is on the rise, new figures have shown.Statistik Austria announced today (Mon) there were more than 5,500 natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the country. The agency said 320 NGVs were registered in the first half of this year.Viennese energy supplier Wien Energie stressed the capital made first place compared to Austria’s other eight provinces with 142 NGVs registered between January and June 2010.Official figures show Upper Austria came second (44), followed by Lower Austria (38). Carinthia is bottom light of the statistic as just one NGV was registered in the first half of this year in the southern province.All provinces expect Lower Austria and Carinthia to pay out subsidies for people deciding to switch from petrol-guzzling cars to NGVs.Around 4.4 million cars were registered in Austria in 2009, up by around two per cent compared to the previous year.Research by insurer Generali poll found just one in 10 Austrian motorists could imagine living a car-free life.