Audi A3 gtron First Drive Of Natural Gas Compact Car

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Audi A3 g-tron: First Of Natural Gas Compact Car

We lost of just how many times engineers used the phrase no during their ‘tron’ in Berlin .

And driving the Audi A3 g-tron, a near-standard A3 running on gas. it’s hard not to with them—at least

For the average car buyer, the gas-powered A3 virtually no change from routine, yet produces significantly emissions than the average

The g-tron is the product of a more look at vehicle emissions. Not with simply producing the car as Honda does with its gas Civic. Audi aims to the gas itself too.

Called e-gas, it’s through a process called

Wind energy is used to electricity for electrolysis, separating into hydrogen and dioxide. The process then joins and carbon dioxide into and a synthetic natural gas Audi e-gas.

This is all fed back the main gas supply. The actual gas will fill their with probably won’t be the molecules produced using but Audi aims to produce it in quantities that the net CO2 output is to zero.

Audi showed us explaining the benefits—regular gasoline the equivalent of 25 grams per km, per car, to

In contrast, e-gas production 75 g/km away from the 95 g/km CO2 figure—as it’s not just from wind but uses CO2 in its production. This the A3 g-tron a 20 g/km car.

All of happens behind the scenes, of For the A3 g-tron driver, he or she simply the car with the gas (or gasoline, should not be available—the g-tron is bi-fuel) and on their merry way.

The experience is, to all intents and purposes, similar indeed to that of the Audi A3 1.4 TFSI on which the is based.

The engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a modest 110 horsepower. less than you’d get a gasoline-only model by around 11 and its 11-second 0-62 mph time is 1.5 seconds off the regular TFSI as a

However, the regular car produces than 95 grams per kilometer it certainly can’t claim a fuel production process.


also very quiet and aided in traffic by a standard system. The controls are all well-weighted, the finished to a high standard, and it has a yet wieldy feel on the road.

In short, it’s an Audi A3 just happens to use a different Save for the odd g-tron badge and there and dual fuel in the instrument cluster, you’d not you were driving anything

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No compromises?

So has Audi succeeded in uncompromising stance on no-compromise

On the road, yes. An existing A3 driver could happily aboard and drive it without a thought, yet producing very in the way of greenhouse gases.

From a well-to-wheels standpoint, the is less clear-cut. One has to wonder the true benefit is of such a drawn-out e-gas production instead of using the initial energy to power an electric

An electric vehicle like, for Audi’s A3 e-tron, shown the g-tron.

It’ll be more but with greater performance, an range allowing zero-emissions and even more luxury, it the less compromised of Audi’s pair.

Oh, and the e-tron is also more likely to hit the U.S. the g-tron—just one fewer compromise for buyers.

Audi provided lodging, meals and refreshments to us to bring you this first-person report

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