CNG Mobility Days Berlin 2019
Front row from left: Audi A5 Sportback g-tron, Seat Arona TGI, Golf TGI, Polo TGI, Skoda Octavia Combi G-TEC. Back row from left: Scania R410 Zugmaschine, Caddy TGI, MAN Lion´s City Stadtbus.
Volkswagen Group and industry partners from the energy economy further expand CNG mobility
Berlin/Wolfsburg, 24 June 2019 – Volkswagen Group and its industry partners from the gas supply, network, and filling station operation sectors will showcase their products and services at the 3rd CNG Mobility Days in Berlin (25–26 June 2019), presenting an overview of the current situation and the future of CNG. Volkswagen Group brands will also be exhibiting their latest CNG models in the passenger car, truck and bus segments. »read more
“Now is the time for CNG”
CNG Mobiliy Days 2019 in Berlin: Video greeting message from Luca de Meo, President SEAT S.A.
CNG fan Stefan Neugebauer: Alone with the VW Caddy Ecofuel, he has driven more than 300 000 kilometres over the past ten years.
475 000 impressive kilometres with CNG
Stefan Neugebauer, born in 1973, is a dedicated user and advocate of CNG technology. He is particularly impressed by the experiences that he himself has now had over the past 13 years with four CNG models so far and more than 475 000 kilometres. A robust environmental awareness and a sense of responsibility to subsequent generations were instrumental in Neugebauer adopting the CNG power unit. However, alongside the environmental footprint, the economic credentials of his CNG vehicles are also eminently respectable. This is because apart from lower vehicle taxes, the favourable fuel costs are a key factor in protecting the budget of the family man for every kilometre he drives.
Transport Minister Scheuer also praised the investment by Zippel in the electronic turning assistant. This relates to the Luis Turn Detect camera system which can record moving objects in the space directly beside the driver’s door on the right-hand side and further away on a separate cycle path.
Gazprom NGVE fuel for Zippel CNG trucks in Berlin and Leipzig
May 2019 – Manufacturer of industrial cleaning technology Zippel operates three CNG-powered trucks. The CNG trucks emit 80 percent less nitrogen oxides and 95 percent less fine dust,” according to Axel Plaß, Managing Director of the Zippel Group. Since February 2018, four Scania CNG trucks have been transporting containers for the Zippel Group throughout the Leipzig region. The Zippel Group demonstrates that an environmentally friendly method of transportation is already available here and now. A virtual swap procedure enables Zippel to refuel its vehicles with biomethane that has been fed into the public natural-gas network at existing filling stations operated by Gazprom NGV Europe.
f.l.t.r.: Stephen Neumann (Volkswagen Group Officer for Natural Gas Mobility), Luc Moulin (Director of Sales for Buses, Scania Germany and Austria), Roland Clement (Chief Executive Officer)
Autostadt takes delivery of the first SCANIA tour bus powered by CNG in Germany
February 2019 – The Autostadt theme park has expanded its mobile transport options with the first delivery in Germany of a Scania Interlink bus powered by a Euro 6 gas engine. In future, the vehicle will be used as a plant tour shuttle and in service operation.
VERBIO is backing the new CNG engines from SCANIA v. l. n. r.: Wolfgang Clement (Regional Director of SCANIA North East), Claus Sauter (Chief Executive Officer of VERBIO) © André Wirsig / VERBIO AG
VERBIO starts operations with three new SCANIA R410 CNG trucks
May 2019 – VERBIO is expanding its truck fleet and taking a further step on the road route to a carbon-neutral logistics fleet. Delivery of the three CNG-powered SCANIA R410 trucks in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin brings to eight the total number of vehicles operating on biomethane generated by an in-house production system in Schwedt. Once again, the biofuel producer shows how decarbonisation can be driven forward simply and efficiently in haulage transport. The success of the transport transition will stand and fall with the reduction of emissions in the movement of goods.
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29 biomethane buses
for public transport
April 2019 – The City of Koblenz is renewing part of its bus fleet and this is charting the course for more climate protection. evm Verkehrs GmbH will soon issue an invitation to tender for the acquisition of 29 buses powered by biomethane. The city commissioned an expert report as it sought to identify the most appropriate power unit for replacing conventional diesel buses powered by an environmentally friendly alternative. This report indicated that gas-powered vehicles were the most favourable both from environmental and economic perspectives.
SEAT: New CNG models
April 2019: The new SEAT Arona 1.0 TGI is the first SUV worldwide powered by CNG technology. New TGI engine for the SEAT Leon, new equipment lines in spring campaign: All TGI models at the price of comparable TSI vehicles. Total of three natural-gas tanks for more CNG range. The Spanish automobile manufacturer is expanding its pioneering position.
March 2019: Volkswagen’s natural gas strategy continues to gain ground: only recently available to order, the Polo TGI2) and Golf TGI3) are now joined by the Golf Variant TGI1) with eco-friendly natural gas engine. The new model now boasts three natural gas tanks – instead of just two as before – once again increasing the already long range of the CNG drives.
The green fleet
Local authorities that want to convert their official cars to efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles have been using CNG technology for some time now. The city of Augsburg and its municipal utility service are pioneers for towns and local authorities when it comes to CNG. “We have consistently been converting our fleet to CNG vehicles and we are very satisfied,” according to Klaus Röder, from municipal utility Stadtwerke Augsburg.
Wolfsburg, 21 February 2018 – New partnerships, new vehicle model, increased registration figures: The Volkswagen Group and its industrial partners from the areas of gas supply, grid operation and filling stations are once again continuing their successful brand and information offensive in the year 2018. Since the start of the cross-brand campaign in spring 2017, the campaign alliance has succeeded in significantly enhancing the status of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) for individual mobility in Germany. The current registration figures from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority confirm that CNG engines are currently the type of power unit experiencing the most robust growth. »read more
VW Polo TGI (fuel consumption with natural gas (CNG), kg/100 km: combined 3.2 – 3.1; CO₂ emission combined (natural gas (CNG)), g/km: 87 – 85; fuel consumption with petrol, l/100 km: combined 4.9 – 4.8; CO₂ emission combined (petrol), g/km: 112 – 110) and the new SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TGI (fuel consumption natural gas (CNG), kg/100 km: combined 3.3; CO₂ emission combined (natural gas (CNG)), g/km: 88; fuel consumption petrol, l/100 km: combined 5.0; CO₂ emission combined (petrol), g/km: 114) (Each powered by a large three-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1 litre generating 66 kW/90 hp).
Wolfsburg, 7 November 2017. The Volkswagen Group and its industry partners from the areas of gas supply, grid and filling station businesses have drawn a positive provisional conclusion from their joint commitment to the expansion of CNG mobility. Just a few months after the start of the current information offensive with the CNG Mobility Days in Hamburg, the campaign alliance succeeded in achieving a significant increase in the status of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) for individual mobility. Since July 2017, the number of newly registered CNG vehicles in Germany on a month-for-month basis increased significantly compared to the previous year. At the launch of the CNG Mobility Days on 7 and 8 November 2017 in Essen, the companies announced further steps for their initiative. The latest models developed by the Volkswagen Group to run on CNG are being presented in Essen in the form of the VW Polo TGI and the SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TGI. Furthermore, the Volkswagen Group rewards the move to a low CO2 CNG vehicle with a special bonus. The industry circle for CNG Mobility recently gained additional momen-tum when biomethane manufacturer VERBIO joined the group. » read more
CNG models in the Volkswagen Group
CNG model overview Volkswagen Group: Audi A3 Sportback g-tron, Audi A4 Avant g-tron, Audi A5 Sportback g-tron, VW ECO up!, VW Golf TGI Blue Motion, VW Golf Variant TGI Blue Motion, Škoda CITIGO G-TEC, Škoda OCTAVIA G-TEC, Škoda OCTAVIA Combi G-TEC, SEAT Mii Ecofuel, SEAT Leon 1.4 TGI, SEAT Leon ST 1.4 TGI, VW Caddy TGI Blue Motion, VW Caddy Maxi TGI Blue Motion (from left to right.).
What is CNG?
Natural gas – also known as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) – is by nature a particularly pure fuel. The main component is methane with the chemical composition CH4. Each molecule only contains one carbon atom. Even though natural gas is a fossil fuel, CNG consequently releases around 25 percent less CO2 than conventional fuels when it undergoes combustion in an engine. CNG also burns more cleanly than petrol or diesel – virtually free of fine dust and with significantly lower proportions of other emissions that are harmful to the climate. And because CNG with 13.0 kWh/kg has a higher energy density than petrol (12.0 kWh/kg) and diesel (11.8 kWh/kg), a CNG vehicle not only cuts down emissions that are harmful to the environment, it also saves money at the filling station.
CNG creates mobility
When searching for alternatives to conventional fuels for automobiles, the focus is increasingly falling on three letters: CNG. They stand for “Compressed Natural Gas”. The principal manifestation of CNG is natural gas. This fuel is used in millions of households for providing heat, for producing hot water and for cooking. CNG is equally suitable in everyday practical terms as a fuel for mobility. Almost 100 000 automobiles are already driving on German roads alone powered by CNG. They generate a significantly lower level of emissions compared with petrol or diesel vehicles with similar driving performance. Their owners have access to a nationwide network of around 920 CNG filling stations. These are connected to the nationwide gas supply grid of around 500 000 kilometres. CNG is therefore available at any time throughout the country. The Volkswagen Group has joined forces with industrial partners in the areas of generation, supply and filling-station operation to increase the number of CNG automobiles tenfold in Germany by the year 2025 and to expand the filling-station grid to around 2000 stations. The brands of the Volkswagen Group are launching effective initiatives for this offensive with new CNG models, which also offer economic advantages as a result of their environmental benefits. This is because both CNG as a sustainable fuel and the automobiles powered by this fuel benefit from tax breaks. Yet CNG is not simply a cost-effective alternative to conventional fuels. It is also particularly future-proof. It comprises a continuously growing proportion of carbon-neutral biogas made from sustainably reproducing raw materials. CNG can also be mixed with hydrogen, which is climate neutral and can be generated in unlimited amounts using electricity from renewable sources.
Expansion of natural gas mobility
The Volkswagen Group, operators of CNG filling stations and gas network providers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with which the initiators are committed to expanding CNG mobility. CNG stands for “compressed natural gas” and can be natural gas or renewable energy from eco-electricity. The signatories underpin the goals of the “Round Table for Natural Gas Mobility” launched by the Federal Ministry of Economics in 2016, which was attended by representatives of vehicle manufacturers, the gas industry and service station operators as well as representatives of key retail, fleet and public sector customers.
Diversity in the vehicle range
Volkswagen has been on the market since 2002 with CNG models. The current offering of the Volkswagen Group brands includes a diverse vehicle portfolio in numerous segments. It ranges from economical urban mobility to premium models and also includes state-of-the-art and efficient natural gas vehicles from the subsidiary TRATON GROUP. The Volkswagen Group underscores its commitment to expanding CNG mobility by developing new, ultra-low-emission and fuel-efficient natural gas engines, as well as continually expanding its brands’ vehicle program, adding further attractive CNG models.
Powerful infrastructure with industry partners
For the Volkswagen Group, the expansion of CNG mobility is an important building block of its realignment of the drive portfolio decided in the context of the “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” future program. The communal character is also reflected in the Volkswagen Group’s concerted offensive with gas network operators and operators of CNG filling stations. With an attractive range of vehicles and a comprehensive as well as high-performance infrastructure, Volkswagen and its industrial partners are creating ideal conditions to make an immediate and simultaneously sustainable contribution to reducing emissions.