Efficiency potential can be exploited even more consistently with an intelligent combination of tried-and-tested technologies and alternative fuels. For example, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is the first Audi production model with a bivalent drive system featuring pioneering TFSI technology with CNG modification.
In pure CNG mode, an Audi model with g-tron technology travels an impressive 400 km with a remarkable low consumption of 3.2 – 3.3 kg CNG/100 km. One kilogram of natural gas contains as much energy as 1.5 litres of petrol. During combustion, CO2 emissions are 25 – 30% less than with petrol. Acceleration and dynamics are not perceptibly impaired. Overall, a range of around 1,300 km is achieved, which is equivalent to the distance between Berlin and Le Mans or Copenhagen and Bern. With its impressive efficiency and long range, g-tron convinces in every respect.
Yet Audi is going one step further and is setting another milestone on the path to consistent CO2-reduced mobility with the Audi e-gas project. Audi e-gas is produced exclusively from renewable resources. Wind energy is used to produce hydrogen through electrolysis, which later reacts with CO2 during methanisation to produce the Audi e-gas. The CO2 used by the Audi e-gas system is the exhaust gas from a biomethane plant operating on organic waste. This means that a particularly environmentally compatible fuel is already being produced, which is virtually identical to fossil natural gas; however, the only CO2 released was bound during the production of Audi e-gas. This creates a closed cycle.
With this complete chain of effective CO2-reducing measures – from the primary energy source of the fuel to the highly efficient vehicles – Audi is demonstrating how exciting sustainability and future mobility technologies can be.