ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC consumes 2.93 kg natural gas per 100 km; 81 g CO2/km
Austrian Gerhard Plattner, a popular champion of economical driving, recently challenged the Baumann family from Berlin to drive from Berlin to Jesolo in the province of Venice, Italy using as little compressed natural gas (CNG) as possible. Traveling 1,172 kms, Plattner achieved an average CNG consumption of only 2.93 kg/100 km with the Škoda Octavia G-TEC. This figure is 0.5kg (17%) under the manufacturer’s specification of 3.5kg in the Euromix (see endnote).
Plattner’s dark blue Octavia G-TEC’s 2.93 kg natural gas per 100km corresponds to CO2 emissions of a mere 81 g/km. The fuel itself only cost EUR 35.71 (USD 47.80). The Baumann family’s silver Octavia G-TEC consumed an average of 3.6 kg of natural gas per 100km.
“This result shows how cheap and also how environmentally friendly driving the Octavia G-TEC really is”, explains ŠKODA Board Member for Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “CNG technology combines clean mobility with low operating costs, and provides an unrestricted and fun driving experience.”
Both Octavia G-TECs weighed 1700kg. Since Plattner was alone in his car, the vehicle was loaded with additional water tanks to make up the weight of the other three people. The journey was mostly covered over motorways, and the predetermined minimum speed was 80 km/h. The exact distance of 1172km was completed in three stages, each of around 400km between 8 and 10 July 2014. The vehicles were refuelled with natural gas at intermittent points.
“There still seems to be some uncertainty when it comes to natural gas, but there shouldn’t be. Fuel-efficient mobility is no longer a waiver. Car buyers no longer have to choose between fuel-saving technology and comfort,” says Plattner. “The SKODA Octavia G-TEC is a prime example. The engine is very fuel efficient, and at the same time offers all the comforts of a comparable vehicle running on standard fuel.”
The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC has been available on the market in saloon and estate versions since May. Both models are powered by a 1.4 TSI engine, delivering 81 kW (110 hp) and using both petrol and CNG (bi-fuel). Both natural gas Octavias come with the Green-tec package as standard, which includes the Start-Stop System and Braking Energy Recovery. The modern assembly complies with EU 6 emission standards.
With the ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC as saloon and estate models, as well as the ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC, the Czech carmaker currently offers three vehicles that run on natural gas.
Last year Plattner completed another record-breaking drive in which he drove from Vincenza, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden in the Citigo G-TEC with an average consumption of 2.39 kg natural gas/100 km. For the total distance of 2,619km, it came out at only EUR 81.24 (USD 108.70) in fuel.
Overall, CNG offers great opportunities for sustainable mobility. The exhaust gases are contaminated with fewer pollutants than petrol or diesel exhaust. Another advantage of natural gas vehicles is low operating cost. Depending on the market, natural gas is up to 60% cheaper than petrol and around 40% cheaper than diesel. In some European countries there are also tax benefits when purchasing a natural gas vehicle.
ENDNOTE: Euromix is a European measure for comparative fuel consumption. This method divides the testing route into three parts – one third at 90 km/h, one third at 120 km/h and the rest in an urban area using exactly laid out specifications. The average consumption is calculated from the average of the three individual values.
(Source: ŠKODA AUTO a.s.)