Volkswagen Group and its industry partners from the gas supply, network, and filling station operation sectors showcased their products and services at the 3rd CNG Mobility Days in Berlin, presenting an overview of the current situation and the future of natural gas. The Group brands also exhibited their latest CNG models in the passenger car, truck and bus segments.
Volkswagen Group and its brands continue to rely on CNG as an alternative drive technology for decarbonizing road transport, and the product range has been revised and expanded again with this in mind. At the annual general meeting in mid-May 2019, Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, announced that CNG will continue to play an important role for the Group in the future: “We are the global market leader for gas drive systems. We also plan to continue further expanding and improving this technology.”
“Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group’s electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective. Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers,” said Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Representative for CNG Mobility. “Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas.”
Volkswagen Group brands and their industry partners have been working in this field for some time; Audi has been operating the world’s first industrial power-to-gas plant in Werlte (Emsland) since 2013, for example, with the Audi e-gas produced from wind power being fed into the natural gas grid – making Audi both a participant and a catalyst in the energy revolution. Green energy is made available to vehicle customers, while at the same time the storage of fluctuating eco-power and its research in practice enables the rapid expansion of wind and solar energy, which is also important to the success of e-mobility.
Volkswagen Group currently offers 17 models in various vehicle segments, and two more models will soon be added.
The action alliance of Volkswagen Group with industry partners also gained further momentum recently, with the accession to the CNG industry group of natural gas filling station operator OrangeGas and Italian natural gas transmission system operator Snam S.p.A. (Società Nazionale Metanodotti). The objective of the CNG Mobility industry group is to proportionately expand the vehicle range, infrastructure and filling station network together.
Source: Volkswagen Group