Vw Golf VI BiFuel unveiled at Bologna

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Volkswagen is introducing the first ever Golf to be factory-equipped for functioning with liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in a world debut at the Bologna Motor Show. The bivalent drive that comes with the vehicle lowers fuel costs and harmful emissions. A ten percent reduction in CO2 discharges have been measured when the latest Golf BiFuel runs with LPG compared with typical gasoline engines. In contrast to aftermarket auto gas systems, the system currently introduced in the Golf BiFuel provides considerable benefits.

First, the vehicle along with its fuel tanks is crash tested as a complete system (which does not happen with aftermarkets); so it is quite safe. Second, the powerhouse was specifically setup for LPG function, and so it is longer lasting compared to engines initially tuned as gasoline units. Extensive durability tests have established the long-term quality of the Golf BiFuel.

Additional benefits would include a total factory warranty and right to use the large Volkswagen service network. These are all offered with a price comparable to retrofits of the aftermarket vehicles. The 72 kW / 98 PS tough 1.6 liter 4-cylinder of the Golf BiFuel utilizes 9.2 liters of LPG each 100 kilometers (149 g/km CO2) on standard LPG mode.

The base cost per 100 kilometers is just 6.38 Euros as based on German LPG costs. The Golf BiFuel utilizes a still economical 7.1 liters of Super each 100 kilometers (169 g/km CO2) in gasoline mode. The cost for a gasoline based operation on the same date in Germany is 8.60 Euros. Add to these figures, the 41 liter gas tank with effective volume storage of 8-10 bar and located in the spare wheel depression together with the 55 liter gasoline tank can run the car in a theoretical distance in excess of 1,100 kilometers.

The car can reach a range of about 420 kilometers in pure LPG mode. The availability of LPG refilling stations is not a problem in Europe; there are about 4,500 LPG stations in Germany alone. The Golf BiFuel, which has been specifically developed to run on both LPG and conventional gasoline, will be the third Volkswagen to debut in Bologna. The production hatchback is equipped with a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder 98 PS engine which produces 39.8 mpg and emits 149 g/km of carbon dioxide in standard gasoline mode.

The Golf BiFuel has a theoretical effective distance in excess of 260 miles when propelled by LPG, and its emissions numbers are lowered by ten per cent. The Golf BiFuel has a particularly setup engine and which has been tried for LPG function making it tougher than revised gasoline engines. With both gasoline and LPG fuel tanks, the vehicle has also passed wide-ranging crash-testing resulting in much safer alternative to those of the aftermarket category.

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