Due to their environmental and economic benefits
German Red Cross plans to operate more than 100 natural gas vehicles by 2014
After a successful three-month trial with two VW Caddy running on CNG, the country’s Red Cross (DRK, as in its German acronym) in Cuxhaven/Hadeln is planning to gradually transition to the gaseous fuel by introducing more NGVs during the next two years.
The conversion will be done in close cooperation with the Oldenburg-based energy provider EWE, which specializes in the operation of compressed natural gas filling stations. Currently, DRK Cuxhaven/Hadeln owns a fleet of 130 vehicles to help the community.
"After detailed fleet analysis by EWE and the positive experience with two natural gas-powered VW Caddy in real operations, it is clear to us that we want to switch to the environmentally friendly fuel," said Uwe Schulz, CEO of DRK, who stressed the importance of reducing emission and contributing to climate protection.
Besides environmental benefits, there are also significant cost advantages, added Hartmut Ahlf, managing director of DRK, as natural gas costs about 50 percent less than gasoline and 30 percent less than diesel. Savings is clearer when considering that DRK Cuxhaven/Hadeln travels more than 2 million kilometers a year.
Source: Erdgas Mobil.