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Audi Transforming Wind into e-Gas for New A3 g-Tron

New will use synthetic natural gas recycles CO2.

Audi the new A3 Sportback g-Tron produces 80% CO2 than the same car running on

Imagine capturing the gases out of your car’s tailpipe and them back into its In a sense, that’s what hopes to do with the new A3 g-Tron.

The maker is the latest among a but growing list of manufacturers vehicles that can run on CNG, a generally hailed as more friendly than conventional But what’s particularly significant the launch of the A3 g-Tron is how Audi buyers to fill up their

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Working with largest utility EWE, the marque has tapped into a source of excess power the wind farms spreading out the northern corner of that In a complex process, a pilot Audi has funded splits into its fundamental components and combines the hydrogen with CO2 to a synthetic version of natural

It will offer as many as g-Tron buyers special for this so-called e-Gas, for them to each drive 15,000 kilometers, of about miles, annually each a fraction of the CO2 emissions of a regular

“We see this as a big solution,” says Mangold, Audi’s head of development.  And, at a time there is growing pressure to a switch from conventional fuels to electric propulsion, unusual approach “means you can a future for the combustion engine.”

with the A3 g-Tron set to go on sale in late in 2013, Audi acknowledge they are still on the details of their program.  have not finalized the price for the contracts – though they note that A3 g-Tron will not be required to buy one of the agreements,

The Volkswagen luxury subsidiary has to negotiate with European air regulators to get them to acknowledge the claimed for the new car and the synthetic fuel it can

Proponents see several reasons to for the expanded use of compressed natural CNG is proving to be widely available, in places like the U.S. vast underground stores are tapped by new drilling methods, as so-called “fracking.” And CNG produces 20% lower CO2 emissions than when driven over the distance.

That’s especially in Europe, where the focus is on CO2 output rather than on miles per gallon, as in the United The EU has been steadily reducing its dioxide target and now is aiming for a 95 gram per kilometer mandate, that would actually into even better than the 54.5 mpg Corporate Fuel Economy standard set to go effect in the States in 2025.

CNG could get there more than gasoline. But e-Gas, Mangold, would emit a third as much CO2 as regular gas. Well, sort of.

  The gas is chemically identical to what out of the ground, but it essentially recycles dioxide that would be in the atmosphere.

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The pilot refinery can pull the global warming gas the air we breathe or capture it from the say, of a coal-fired generator, a factory or a cement plant.  So, if you that in, Audi estimates only adding about 30 of “new” CO2 per kilometer driven by the A3 They just need to get to acknowledge that.


By operating the refinery at night and when the regional demand for is low, Audi expects to get a from the EWE utility. And that keep e-Gas at about the price of what a motorist spend tanking up on gasoline in – though the synthetic fuel still be more expensive regular CNG.

Customers who opt for an contract for their new A3 g-Trons necessarily fill up with the fuel. Audi simply pump a comparable amount of the gas the pipelines that serve displacing natural gas that otherwise have to be pumped up underground.

The country currently has one of the networks of CNG pumps available to the anywhere in the world, with 1,000 filling stations. The is to boost that by 50% and to encourage countries, such as Italy and to make natural gas more available, as well.

Meanwhile, notes Mangold, could also fill up at if they use natural gas for heating. compressors have been for a number of years, and though have been slow and new systems reaching market could cut the price to around while slashing the time to fuel up.

That could improve acceptance of CNG vehicles in the the Audi executive believes – the maker currently has no plans to the g-Tron in the States.

But other including Honda and General are expanding CNG vehicle availability And a new study by ExxonMobil suggests the use of natural gas could quadruple in the years worldwide as a transportation

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