After five years of development (2004 – 2009), the CBM-fuelled Passat is now Sweden’s top selling low carbon vehicle. With a 1.4 litre engine, twin supercharger and turbocharger, the vehicle offers high performance of 0 – 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and a range of 400 km on CBM and a further 400 km on petrol, so there’s no danger of being out-performed by its diesel competitors.
On fossil compressed natural gas (CNG), the vehicle emits 119 g CO2 per km, around 20% less than the equivalent performance diesel. On CBM, it produces just 20g of CO2 emissions per km on a Well to Wheel basis.
With the successful set-up of a demonstration CBM Plant in Sheffield, CNG Services have proved that vehicles running on CBM are not only as practical as diesel but offer a solution to burning fossil fuels and flaring biogas at sewage works and landfill sites, reported the company through a media release.
Recently, Sheffield City Council began undergoing tests of biomethane-fuelled vans to reduce carbons emissions in the area.