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NGVs impress at Geneva Motor Show 2014, while Swiss fleet keeps growing continuously
friday, 14. March 2014
Held 6-16 March in Geneva, Switzerland, the 84th International Motor Show highlighted the ever growing portfolio of gas-powered vehicles. Following the impressive success of NGVs at the Brussels Motor Show 2014, the Geneva fair presented an abundant variety of car models running on methane offered by numerous major car manufacturers.
Among the novelties to be witnessed in Geneva was the Skoda Octavia G-TEC, which is available as both limousine and estate car. The flagship CNG model of the Czech automaker provides road performance of 110 hp and a combined range of 1330 km whilst emitting 97 g of CO2 per km. Skoda furthermore showcased its Citigo CNG Green tec. The compact city car offers extremely low CO2 emissions of 79g/km and a comfortable range of 620 km (combined).
NGVA Europe member Gasmobil, the national platform of the Swiss gas industry for NGV-development, once again seized the opportunity to highlight various environmentally-friendly NGVs at its stand in hall 5. The Swiss initiative showcased NGVs by manufacturers Audi, Lancia, Opel, SEAT and Volkswagen.
Visitors were able to inspect the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (81 kW/110 hp) that emits 70g of CO2 when running on a mix of 80% natural gas and 20% biomethane. The vehicle is part of Audi’s innovative e-gas project involving the production of biogas by the world's largest power-to-gas plant located in Werlte, northern Germany, which was developed and built by NGVA Europe member ETOGAS. The amount of gas made available by the Werlte plant supplies 1.500 units of the A3 g-tron with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometres – 22.5 million km in total.
Moreover, the VW Golf Variant BlueMotion TGI (81 kW/110 hp) was presented at the Gasmobil stand as well. First introduced at the 2013 International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt, the vehicle is equipped with a four cylinder engine that has an average consumption of 3.5 kg of natural gas/biogas per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 76 g/km in 80/20-Mix. Its 15 kg gas and 50 litre petrol tanks offer a total range of nearly 1,400 km.
Among the city cars, visitors were able to discover the first model running on methane by Lancia. The elegant Lancia Ypsilon 0.9 TwinAir Ecochic (59 kW/80 hp) has an average consumption of 3.1 kg/100 km and CO2 emissions of 69 g/km when operated in 80/20-Mix. The combined range of the eye catching model amounts to 950 km.
SEAT was also represented at the Gasmobil stand with the Leon TGI EcoFuel (81 kW/110 hp). The model is equipped with premium technology normally found only in higher vehicle classes. It has an average consumption of 3.5 kg/100 km and CO2 emissions of 75 g/km in 80/20-Mix. Its total range of natural gas/biogas and fuel amounts to 1,300 km.
Furthermore, Opel’s Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo ecoFLEX (110kW/150 PS) was displayed, too. Limiting CO2 emissions to 103 g/km in 80/20-Mix it was recently named the ‘most environmentally friendly Van 2014’ by environmental institute Ökotrend and magazine Auto Test. The van offers a combined range of 680 km.
To stay updated on the most recent NGV models, please consult the NGVA Europe vehicle catalogue.
NGVs in Switzerland
While the Swiss market for new cars declined by 6.7 percent in 2013 compared to the record year 2012, the number of vehicles powered by methane increased by more than 10% percent. With 1,048 new cars sold the fleet of environmentally-friendly NGVs has increased in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein to a total of 11,287. 27.8% of the sold models were made by Opel (Zafira Tourer and Combo), 25.8% by Fiat (Panda, Punto, Doblò, Qubo, Fiorino, Ducato) and 24.6% by Volkswagen (eco UP!, Caddy, Passat and Touran). The bestselling NGV in the Swiss market was the VW Caddy EcoFuel with 118 units.
The average price for natural gas/biogas in 2013 remained constant at Swiss refuelling stations. Converted to gasoline costs a litre averaged 1.18 Swiss francs, which is about 30% cheaper than petrol. The number of natural gas/biogas filling stations increased by 5 to a total of 140 stations in 2013.
Source: Gasmobil AG, NGVA Europe
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