For benefits against electric and hydrogen vehicles
Kia eyes NGVs development in Europe
Joachim Hahn, manager of Powertrain Engineering at Kia Motors Europe, is pushing for more emphasis to be put on the advantages of powering cars with compressed natural gas as it is a fuel ‘currently under-utilized’ that could mean a quick, inexpensive way to cut emissions.
According to the engineer, the widespread use of natural gas for vehicles was someway off, but argued that increasingly aggressive political legislation has been making it more attractive to car manufacturers with time.
"It's also cheaper for the consumer than petrol and easier to store than either electricity or hydrogen. What's more, a wider spread of use of CNG would take some emphasis off oil, and open up more opportunities for worldwide suppliers - there would be no reliance on certain countries for supply," said Hahn to Autocar
at the Geneva Motor Show 2012
“With all the work we do on internal combustion engines to hydrogen powered cars, making big gains in CO2
reduction is either incredibly difficult or incredible expensive. That's why I see big potential in CNG. It can offer a 20% CO2
reduction just like that - what other technology can give you that?,” he added.