Since the launch of the multi-brand campaign in spring 2017, the Volkswagen Action Alliance has succeeded in significantly improving the situation of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) for individual mobility in Germany. Eighteen CNG models are already available. Current registration data from the German Federal Road Transport Authority confirm that CNG engines are currently the fastest-growing type of drive.
The monthly figures for new registrations of CNG vehicles in Germany have been rising since July 2017. In 2018, the SEAT Arona was introduced as the latest CNG vehicle. This brings the fleet of CNG-capable passenger cars across all Volkswagen Group brands to a total of 18 models. These range from the small car class to the premium segment. Natural gas vehicles are also available from the Volkswagen Truck & Bus subsidiary, which includes the MAN and Scania brands. This makes the Volkswagen Group the largest supplier of CNG models.
Together with the industry consortium CNG Mobility, the Volkswagen Group aims to increase the number of CNG vehicles registered in Germany tenfold to one million by 2025. In parallel, the number of CNG filling stations in Germany is to increase from around 860 at present to 2,000.
New CNG models in other segments, such as the SEAT Arona SUV, will further increase the attractiveness of the range. Current registration figures from the German Federal Road Transport Authority already show a significant increase in interest in CNG models. Since July 2017, the number of registrations has risen steadily. In January 2018, they exceeded their year-earlier level by 370.7%. More CNG models were registered in one month than ever before. This makes CNG engines the fastest growing type of propulsion.
Jens Andersen: "In the context of the debate about the energy transition and the gradual change towards sustainable mobility, CNG mobility can make a very attractive contribution. Where electromobility meets the boundary conditions, we can offer a cost-effective and easily accessible alternative to reduce road transport emissions."