The annual evaluation of climate-friendly cars in Germany has once again yielded a natural gas vehicle as best car. The Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) — Transport Association Germany — awarded five stars and overall first place for 2012/2013 to the VW eco up!, even though the vehicle is yet to reach suppliers. It will be available to order from autumn 2012.
In the category of Best Air, where focus is on greenhouse gas emissions and noise, the VW eco up! shares first place with the Toyota Yaris. Both cars emit just 79g CO2 / km and show that a CO2 limit of 80g CO2 / km, as called for by the VCD and other environmental organizations for 2020, is feasible. Gerd Lottsiepen, transport spokesman of VCD, said: “Another reduction to 80g/km is ambitious but technically feasible, necessary for climate policy and desirable for consumers.”
The CO2 emissions has a direct correlation to consumption; at a fuel price of EUR 2.00 (USD 2.50) per liter the eco up! can save around EUR 5.00 (USD 6.30) per 100 kilometers compared to average new car.
eco up! facts:
- Price to fill tank: EUR 11 (USD 13.80)
- Range: nearly 400 km
- CO2 Emissions using natural gas: 79 g / km
- CO2 Emissions using 100% biomethane: 10.5 g / km
- Consumption per 100 km – 2.9 kg, which is EUR 3 (USD 3.76)
- Power (kW / hp) 50/68
- Displacement (cc) 999
- Euro 5 compliant
After gaining first place last year, the bi-fuel VW Touran 1.4 TSI DSG EcoFuel was awarded second place in the 7-seater category.
(This article compiled using information from a VCD press release)