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 Federal Traffic Office confirm that CNG engines are currently the fastest growing type of propulsion.
Monthly figures for new CNG vehicle registrations in Germany have been on the rise 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 in 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. At the same time, the number of CNG refuelling stations in Germany will increase from the current 860 to 2,000.
New CNG models in other segments, such as the SEAT Arona SUV, will further increase the attractiveness of the range. The latest registration figures from the 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 previous year's level by 370.7%. In one month, more CNG models have been registered than ever before. This makes the CNG engine the fastest growing propulsion type.
Jens Andersen: "In the context of the debate on the energy transition and the gradual shift towards sustainable mobility, CNG mobility can make a very attractive contribution. When electric mobility meets the boundary conditions, we can offer a cost-effective and easily accessible alternative to reduce emissions from road transport."
There are currently 845 CNG filling stations open to the public in Germany.