Volkswagen Group declared expansion of natural gas-mobility

Wolfsburg, 2. may 2017

When discussing alternative drive systems for motor vehicles, the fuel cell, hydrogen, electricity or electric motor tags fall currently very quickly. Great technologies, no question, but yet still very expensive and very complicated. Technologies of the future just. Device slightly into oblivion because there already are a relatively simple, inexpensive and also greener way to drive the passengers and freight: natural gas. Now, the Volkswagen Group, operator of CNG filling stations and gas network operator have signed a memorandum of understanding with which they profess to develop of the CNG mobility.

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Goal of the signatories (also E.ON, Gazprom, Gazu, ONTRAS, open grid, Pitpoint b.v. and TOTAL belong to them in addition to VW AG) it is now to increase tenfold the CNG vehicle fleet by 2025 in Germany and thus increasing to one million vehicles. In addition, you want to enlarge the CNG filling station network and expand it in the next eight years from 900 to 2,000 locations.

What exactly is "CNG"?

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The advantage of natural gas is compared to conventional liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel in cleaner combustion. First, can be conducted namely already gaseous natural gas into the combustion chamber and is not in a fine droplets form, secondly, the molecular chains are shorter and the ratio of hydrogen to carbon atoms is better. As a result, more hydrogen atoms can react with oxygen and the combustion produces less carbon dioxide and soot. Although not a panacea in terms of environmental protection, natural gas is a cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel but. For this reason, the fuel will be reduced tax until 31 December 2018. (ml)