The drive strategy of the Volkswagen Group
The Volkswagen Group and its brands – in parallel with ongoing progress in electrification for the fleet – are continuing to back CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) as an alternative on the road route to decarbonisation of transport. The use of CNG as a fuel for automobiles makes a directly effective contribution to the reduction of emissions and it is a cost-effective alternative to petrol and diesel. The fact is that natural gas has a cleaner burn than petrol and diesel. The noise and particularly the emissions of harmful substances are significantly lower than when conventional fuels are used. This applies to CO2, nitrogen oxide and fine dust. If you are using Bio-CNG, vehicles are virtually climate neutral when they are operated. Bio-CNG highlights the environmental and future-proof character of CNG as a source of energy for mobility.
The joint commitment within the industrial consortium CNG Mobility represents a bundling of forces from the brands of the Volkswagen Group and the partner companies from the energy industry, gas supply and filling-station operation with the objective of reducing the emissions caused by road traffic immediately and tangibly. The companies involved are contributing their individual specific capabilities, in-depth knowledge and technology expertise for the expansion and spread of CNG mobility. Since the start of the cross-brand campaign in spring 2017 and the two CNG Mobility Days after the first event, the campaign alliance has significantly enhanced the status of CNG for individual mobility in Germany. As a result and particularly thanks to the appeal and diversity of the burgeoning model range, on the German automobile market in 2018 the sales figures of CNG vehicles in the passenger-car segment could be almost doubled compared with the previous year.
The commitment to CNG as an alternative drive is also reflected in an increasingly broader and more attractive model range of the individual Group brands. The offer ranges from the small-car segment through the compact class with VW, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA, to the premium models in the business segment of Audi and light commercial vehicles. The latest vehicle to be launched in the marketplace is the SEAT Arona 1.0 TGI, the first crossover SUV with a CNG drive. Two other models with CNG power units are scheduled to follow when the ŠKODA Scala soon comes onto the market as a CNG variant as well as the ŠKODA Kamiq with a CNG drive. Also the new generation of the bestseller VW Golf will be launched as a CNG variant. The Volkswagen Group will then have the most comprehensive and diverse range of CNG vehicles in the world.
Also in the field of heavy commercial vehicles CNG gains more importance. The new emission standards in the European Union require CO2 emissions to be reduced by 30 percent compared with 2019 by the year 2030. This is a target that is almost impossible to achieve with conventional powertrains. CNG is available immediately and it is an alternative that can also be used for trucks in long-distance freight transport and for suburban and long-distance buses.