Increased demand for natural gas came as a result of the reduction in prices and Greek consumers becoming more familiarized with this alternative fuel, which has been used for many decades abroad.
Five reasons to use natural gas in transportation • Short investment repayment period (an average of 18 months). • Reduced fuel cost; According to latest prices, natural gas price is about 65% lower than gasoline, 25-30% lower than diesel and 40% lower than LPG. • Reduced emissions; It is the cleanest alternative fuel, with 30% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to vehicles that use gasoline and diesel. • A natural gas fuelled vehicle functioning at relatively high load usually emits about 25% less CO2 than a similar vehicle using gasoline or diesel. • Fuel efficiency; A kilogram of natural gas fuel contains a lot more energy than a litre of other fuels. In energy terms, it is equal to 1.6 litres of unleaded gasoline, 1.3 litres of diesel and 2 litres of LPG. • Regulatory and financial incentives such as blue corridors (the network of filling stations in Europe) and discounts in circulation taxes.
Economy and autonomy that cannot be missed
Natural gas has been proven to be the most economic fuel. A recent test as part of the “Car of the Year” institution, proved its rightful first place. Natural gas vehicles travelled the distance Athens- Thessaloniki by exclusively using natural gas and refuelling through the extended gas stations network. Autonomy with a full tank was about 300km. (so for the distance up to Thessaloniki, an average filling is enough). The cost of the fuel was about 4 Euros per 100km and for the total length it stayed under 25 Euros, a fact that makes natural gas the most economic fuel.
Double fuel car models available in the Greek market
In the Greek market there are passenger cars and professional CNG models using double fuel from all great automotive industries. The most well known models are sold in CNG versions, while their range is increased continuously with new models appearing in the international and Greek market. In the Greek roads there are already CNG vehicles of well known manufacturers such as (FiatDoblo Cargo, Ducato, Fiorino, Punto Van etc.), Audi (Audi A3 Sportback g-tron), Mercedes Benz (BClass 200, E 200 NTG, Benz Sprinter NGT), Lancia (Lancia Ypsilon 0.9 TwinAir), Piaggio, Iveco (Iveco Daily), Volkswagen (VW Golf 1.4 TGi, Passat 1.4 TSI 150 PS EcoFuel, EcoUp, Caddy Vann Ecofuel), Seat (Seat Leon 1.4 TGI 110 PS), Skoda (OctaviaG-TEC) and Opel (Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo, Opel Combo 1.4 T-Jet 120 PS).