The 1172km route from Germany’s capital city to the town in Italy on less than 40 euros has been possible. As part of a fuel-saving race against the Baumann family from Berlin, Austrian Gerhard Plattner achieved a natural gas consumption of only 2.93 kg/100 km with the Octavia G-TEC.
The popular record-breaking driver Gerhard Plattner went head to head with the four-member Baumann family from Berlin. Their objective was to each drive an Octavia G-TEC from the German capital to Jesolo in the Italian Adriatic and to use as little natural gas as possible.
In the end, Plattner’s dark blue Octavia G-TEC used an average of only 2.93 kg natural gas per 100km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of a mere 81 g/km. The fuel itself only cost 35.71 euros. 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 refueled with natural gas at intermittent points.
Source: Volkswagen Group.