Inherit the diesel gas-mobile? We compare and show common models

Berlin, 8 June 2017

The diesel currently has a very bad press due to the emissions and loses market share. Electric cars but suited the low range and the difficult "refueling" for frequent travellers. How should representatives and other km eaters in the future via the motorway nozzle then? With natural gas, so hopes the industry future natural gas Association.

Tax relief extended to 2026

The Bundestag now eliminated a financial obstacle to this vision of the future: the tax reduction temporary end of 2018 for the alternative fuel has been extended until the year 2026. It now agreed the Government factions in the Finance Committee. In rare unanimity among the Association of the German automotive industry (VDA) and the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) had opted for the extension.

Also LPG is longer supported

For LPG, an extension of the tax reduction was decided only by 2022. This "gas" differently composed Sabatier Kohlenwasserstofffen natural gas (primarily methane) and is therefore liquid. For LPG, the cost of retrofitting speak the dense network of filling stations (approximately 6,500 in Germany), and (as with natural gas) low emissions and low fuel costs. LPG has a significantly higher market share than natural gas (nearly 80,000 vehicles) with nearly 450,000 registered cars in Germany.

Advantage of biogas

Natural gas is that average 20 percent renewable and CO2-neutral biogas is mixed in with this. Also, gas is produced also from eco-electricity, which can then be used as fuel Audi takes this approach.

About 900 service stations in Germany

Currently, you can refuel natural gas at about 900 service stations in Germany. Not so bad it's a, but is that only about six percent of all gas stations. The average rate is about 1.04 euros per kilo to An Audi A3 Sportback g-tron with 110 HP consumed according to the manufacturer 3.4 kilos per 100 kilometers, you'll pay about 3.50 euro per 100 km. A 116 PS of strong A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI consumes 4.0 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, for which you pay natural gas currently around 4,70 euros is competitive here so also by the fuel prices. The purchase price of the natural gas model is 26.950 euro virtually neck and neck with the diesel version (26.850 euros).

About two dozen natural gas models

Currently, 24 models with gas powered engines being offered after an overview of the industry association. A selection of the small VW eco-Up up to the Audi A5 g-tron we give in our picture gallery. With new natural gas variants, especially the VW Group converts currently more on natural gas, perhaps to compensate for the declining market share of diesel engines. It may not be on the emissions of the even lighter, because according to VW so the diesel models comply with the statutory limits on the test bench, and the limits do not apply to the road supposedly... (sl)