Environment-friendly Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron introduced in Germany

Article by Anita Panait, on February 20, 2014

Audi will soon be launching the A3 Sportback g-tron developed to enable long-distance mobility that is also environment friendly. The A3 Sportback g-tron is powered by a 110 PS 1.4-litre TFSI engine that can be operated in two ways: through ultra-clean Audi e-gas produced using green electricity; or through compressed natural gas. Both are readily available in Germany.

In Audi e-gas mode, the g-tron entirely does not emit carbon dioxide, which means mobility can be achieved without harming the environment. Audi e-gas is a synthetic methane produced at the Audi e-gas facility in Werlte, Germany.  Green electricity is used in the production of Audi e-gas, and the generation process binds as much carbon dioxide as is released when the g-tron is driven using gas.

On average, the Audi A3 g-tron consumes just between 3.2 and 3.3 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometers, with fuel costing at around EUR3.50 per 100 kilometers.

The buying principle for Audi e-gas is straightforward: the carmaker records the amount of gas customer pays for using their Audi e-gas fuel card. Audi then ensures that exactly this amount of Audi e-gas is fed into the German natural gas network. Customers selecting this option can get an Audi e-gas fuel card for a flat price of EUR14.95 euros.

Likewise, the costs for the amount of gas refueled by each customer are taken via the Audi e-gas fuel card, which can be used to purchase Audi e-gas at over 650 fuel stations in Germany. The A3 Sportback g-tron will have a starting price of EUR25,900 in Germany. Audi has no plans to roll out the A3 Sportback g-tron in the United Kingdom due to the lack of infrastructure required to fully implement natural gas filling stations.

Topics: audi, audi a3, cng, germany

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