Natural gas can be used in every private and professional vehicles, since the market offers alternative solutions for every category of vehicle.
Drivers and businesses have the chance to turn either to a manufactured natural gas vehicle or to convert a conventional vehicle to dual burn (gasoline/natural gas).
Car companies now launch versions of their models tailored to the need for reduced emissions. CNG vehicles of small and large volume are available to the global and Greek market, while demand by private and professional drivers is increasing.
Already there are manufactured CNG vehicles in the Greek streets, that represent well known car makers such as Fiat (Fiat 500L Natural Power, Fiat Qubo 1.4 70 PS, Fiat Punto 1.4 70 PS, Fiat Panda, Fiat Doblo 1.4 T-Jet 120 PS), Audi (Audi A3 Sportback g-tron), Mercedes Benz (B Class 200, E 200 NTG, Benz Sprinter NGT), Lancia (LanciaYpsilon 0.9 TwinAir), Piaggio,η Iveco (Iveco Daily, New Strails), Volskwagen (VW Golf 1.4 TGi, Passat 1.4 TSI 150 PS EcoFuel, Eco Up, Caddy Vann Ecofuel), Seat (Seat Leon 1.4 TGI 110 PS, Mii Ecofuel), Skoda (Octavia G-TEC, Citigo), Opel (Opel ZafiraTourer 1.6 CNG Turbo, Opel Combo 1.4 T-Jet 120 PS) and Honda (Civic Natural Gas).
The benefits of using CNG
CNG is considered the most economic alternative fuel. Its price is around 60% lower compared to gasoline, 30% lower compared to diesel and 40% lower compared to LPG.
In terms of efficiency, one kilogram of CNG contains much more energy than a litre of other liquid fuels.
Lower maintenance cost
Burning natural gas causes less damage to the engine, thus lowering maintenance costs.
Natural gas can not be adulterated, as its supply comes straight from pipelines.
CNG vehicles are allowed to circulate in restricted traffic zones.
Tax cuts and grants
Reduction of the consumer special tax, discounts and grants by car companies for the purchase of a CNG vehicle.
Natural gas, even if it escapes, is still lighter than atmospheric air and is diffused
Source: Energyworld magazine, issue No21