Finland’s Traffic Police Trial Biomethane-Powered VW Passat

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VW Passat police car refuels with biomethane

Finland-based natural gas importer and retailer Gasum has donated a VW Passat Variant TSI Ecofuel to Finland’s traffic police department for trial as an environmentally friendly vehicle, powered by biomethane. The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications is currently preparing a legislative amendment concerning the selection methods employed in the procurement of public transport and government agency vehicles, with stricter environmental requirements to be taken into consideration in the future. The National Traffic Police regards biogas as an interesting new breakthrough.

“The biogas car is full-blooded police vehicle. We are interested in trying out different kinds of vehicles that meet the environmental requirements of the future in our work,” says Kari Rantala, Chief of the National Traffic Police. The National Traffic Police uses a fleet of around 300 vehicles to perform its traffic enforcement duties.

“We wish to be involved in all aspects of Finland’s new ecological traffic from product deliveries to private cars and public transport to government vehicles. Therefore we were happy to grab this opportunity to support the Police with a donation,” says  Björn Ahlnäs, Vice President, Gasum. Gasum is actively developing the Finnish biogas market and seeks to become Finland’s most important provider of biogas in the transport. The company began the supply of domestic and renewable transport biogas at its vehicle filling stations in October 2011.

Passat Variant TSI Ecofuel is powered by a twin turbocharged 1.4-liter TSI engine with an output of 110 kW (150 hp). The car accelerates to 100 km per hour in 9.9 seconds and has a top speed of  212 km per hour. Its bi-fuel (biomethane/petrol) total operating range is 890 kilometers.

The Passat Variant TSI EcoFuel is powered by a 1.4-litre twin-charged TSI engine providing 110 kW (150 hp). The car has a standard 6-speed manual transmission. It has the capability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and its top speed is 212 km/h. Its combined fuel consumption is 4.3 kg of biogas or natural gas/100 km and its CO2 emissions on natural gas are 119 g/km. Use of biogas enbles a considerable (around 80%) reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the biogas production method. The trio of tanks mounted beneath the floor have a capacity for 21 kg of biogas or natural gas, while the 31-litre petrol tank acts as a reserve tank. The car’s total (bi-fuel) operating range is 890 km.

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