E.ON Energie Germany has expanded its fleet by 40 gas-powered Audi A3-tron g. “The decisive factor in the procurement of natural gas vehicles is for us the much lower CO2 emissions through the natural gas drive,” says Ulrich Danco, Member of the Board of E.ON and Vice Chairman of German industry group erdgas mobil. The 40 Audi A3-tron g will be used mainly by key account managers in the field.
E.ON operates around 70 CNG filling stations nationwide, many near freeways and highways. In addition, approximately 50 other natural gas fuel pumps are operated in cities and towns by E.ON companies. In Germany there are currently more than 920 natural gas filling stations and “the network is continuously expanded, in particular by E.ON Gas Mobil,” says Danco.
The Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is the first Audi model equipped with a natural gas engine. The fuel consumption is just 3.3 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometers. The fuel of choice, e-gas, is a product manufactured by Audi itself, by means of power-to-gas technology, making the A3-tron g carbon neutral.
Natural gas and biomethane fuel are about 50 percent cheaper than gasoline in Germany. With fuel costs below € 5 (USD 6.16) per 100 kilometres in connection with a greater variety of attractive car models, natural gas drives are becoming increasingly important for various user groups.
According to an Autofox article, E.ON Czech Holding also recently expanded its CNG fleet, acquiring 35 Skoda Octavia G-Tec CNG-powered cars.
(Source: erdgas mobil)