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Audi: Going neutral gas

July 31, 2013

Audi: neutral with gas

By Mathieu

The Audi tron of technologies brings together ideas and processes for the future of The A3 e-tron promises performance and while the R8 e-tron makes us of serious zero-emission exotic

This time, we move on to

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Old news: Gas

I’ve known about CNG for a while as my uncle, who was a taxi/limo from the ‘60s to the ‘90s and operated a number of cars by this natural occurring of energy later in his career. The reasons for its use back then that it was cheap and relatively These points are still today.

Audi has put forth an effort to take the idea of CNG to a other level.

In a nutshell, produces its own Natural Gas by using gas (CO2 in this case) a nearby biomethane plant, reacts with hydrogen to the gas. The hydrogen is created electrolysis supported by renewable of electricity in an entirely new e-gas that Audi built in (Emsland), in North Western

The gas that Audi produces at plant is in fact synthetic or as they call it: e-gas. speaking, it is almost identical to gas and therefore can be stored, transported, and through the normal natural gas this case, in Germany.

Of the hydrogen produced that is into e-gas, can be stored and eventually be used to power fuel-cell vehicles.

Environmental ZERO

When considering how the gas is the plant and its product are actually This means that it takes in (CO2) is completely by what it puts out. In it’s better than

The Werlte plant will enough e-gas to power new Audi A3 Sportback g-tron for an average distance cover per car of km per year. The banked or absorbed CO2 by the is actually sufficient to negate the cars produce over period of time. In other they are not producing more CO2 was already spewed into the

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The A3 Sportback g-tron

The A3 Sportback is Audi’s latest and likely attainable demonstration of what mobility can and will look in the very near future. It is by a 1.4L TFSI engine has been specially modified to run on aforementioned e-gas.

The TFSI a respectable 110 hp and 147.51 lb-ft of This power is sufficient to the A3 g-tron to 100 km/h in less 11 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 km/h. the stats seem low by 2013 the A3’s low 1,265 kg (2,788.85 lb) plays a huge role in results.

From the outside, the A3 g-tron like a commonplace A3 and that’s of the car’s appeal. The same to the cabin where only a “gas” gauge hints this is not a regular A3.

In the past, tanks were an issue CNG powered cars. Audi this problem with composite tanks. Each in at 27 kg (59.52 lb) or 70% less than steel bottles. They are from gas-impermeable polyamide carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) and glass fiber polymer (GFRP).

They are under the trunk, where the for the spare tire would be located and hold seven kg lb) of gas.

With full of both gas and gasoline, the Audi A3 has a range of 1,300 km! On CNG alone, the car can up to 400 km. Actual CO2 emissions are 95 g/km.

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the A3 Sportback g-tron

I was given the opportunity to drive the A3 and happily there isn’t to report on. Our brief drive led us to the in the center of Berlin.

If a little at first based solely on Audi has habituated us from its powertrains in North America, the still felt very at home and capable of tackling Berlin traffic. Power is flat but comes into somewhere around the 2,500 rpm

Once underway, the A3 g-tron seamlessly from one source of to another, which is key in the acceptance of sources of motivation. Alternatively, the can be done manually.

The initial was done in a 6-speed manual A3, which is brilliant. The optional is an S Tronic automatic.

Although the tips the scale at roughly 60 kg lb) more than a conventional TFSI A3, the ride quality was to our regular North American TFSI.

Photo: Mathieu St-Pierre


Audi will be rolling out the A3 in Germany at the end of 2013. The Werlte will also become functional around the same

Audi has thought of everything in scenario. Customers who want to buy e-gas sign up for a particular of e-gas for the A3 g-tron at the Audi This decision allows to participate in an accounting process keeps track of the amount of e-gas they put in their at natural gas filling stations.

The works like a pre-paid card and helps them how much of the sustainable and neutral service they are actually

For the foreseeable future, the A3 g-tron only be offered in Germany as have a well established and natural gas distribution network. No yet if the program will grow other European countries but the that it will come to America is very slim.

One of the main reason for this is to reduce energy costs to In fact, CNG works out to be cheaper to than diesel fuel. The with our markets is that we have relatively cheap costs.

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