The drive strategy of the Volkswagen Group
The Volkswagen Group is making strategic preparations for the fundamental change that will define the automobile sector over the coming years by implementing the future programme “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”. The key fields include the realignment of the drive portfolio.
The Volkswagen Group is therefore committed to an intelligent mix of different drive technologies. Most importantly, CNG mobility needs to play a more prominent role in the area of spark-ignition engines. The Volkswagen Group is therefore intensively driving forward the expansion of natural gas for use in automobiles. This drive continues to have a niche presence in most countries in view of the advantages, this is completely without justification. The fact is that natural gas has a cleaner burn than petrol and diesel and it is therefore environmentally more effective. This is particularly true if biogas is used.
Volkswagen is therefore carrying out significant expansion of its CNG model range. The new models launched in the marketplace over the course of 2017 included Audi A4 Avant g-tron, the Audi A5 Sportback g-tron, the VW Polo TGI and the SEAT Ibiza TGI. The Volkswagen Group has also joined forces with operators of filling stations, gas grid operators and other automakers to launch an initiative directed towards expanding the CNG filling station grid in Germany – from the current level of nearly 900 to around 2,000 filling stations. The fleet of natural gas vehicles on German roads is projected to grow to one million vehicles by the year 2025 – ten times as many as today.