Volkswagen, Europe’s largest vehicle manufacturer, believes it has a special responsibility to reduce global CO2 emissions. That’s why they’re producing natural gas powered vehicles. Building automobiles that use natural gas, biogas (gas from renewable resources refined into biomethane) and e-gas (synthetic methane) as fuel will substantially reduce emissions, especially when combined with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Why is Volkswagen going with natural gas? Because it’s abundant, clean and affordable. Natural gas is abundant in supply and available in sufficient quantities in many countries. And, compared to gasoline or diesel, natural gas emits about 25% less CO2 during combustion. Natural gas also provides customers with the advantage of lower running costs.
Volkswagen currently offers 6 natural gas models in Europe: Caddy, Caddy Maxi, Touran, Passat Saloon and Passat Estate. This year’s new Golf will also be offered with a natural gas engine.
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[Source: Viavision, No. 1, February 2013, at http://viavision.org.uk/ftp/1034.pdf]