Blue Corridor supporter Volkswagen recently released its latest compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, the Volkswagen Golf TGI BlueMotion. This launch reaffirms Volkswagen’s support for CNG-run vehicles and its belief that CNG can successfully compete against other fuel options.
The release of the Volkswagen Golf TGI also launched the rebranding of Volkswagen’s natural gas vehicles (NGVs) from “EcoFuel” to “TGI BlueMotion.” The vehicle showcases the automaker’s new TGI engine technology that allows the new bi-fuel models to run on both CNG and gasoline.
About the Volkswagen Golf TGI BlueMotion
The launch of the Volkswagen Golf TGI marks the first time the automaker has implemented its new modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture in one of its vehicles. The MQB standardizes core components, such as the motor and transmission, of the vehicles regardless of the model, vehicle size or brand. MQB also allows vehicles to share a common engine-mounting core for all drivetrains (e.g., gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hybrid and purely electric).
According to autoblog.com, the Volkswagen Golf TGI vehicle is capable of:
- Covering 420 kilometers (260 miles) on CNG
- A further 940 kilometers (584 miles) on gasoline
It is also powered by a newly developed natural gas turbo engine (81 kW / 110 PS), which the bi-fuel (designed for natural gas and petrol) 1.4 TSI facilitates impressive driving ranges:
- In pure CNG operation (with natural gas), the range for the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox is a 420 kilometers
- Its consumption is 3.5 kg of natural gas per 100 km (equivalent to 94 g/km CO2)
- When petrol is also used, this adds 940 km to the car’s range (fuel consumption – 5.3 l/100 km)
Lastly, its environmental appeal comes from the fact that it:
- Produces less CO2 relative to petrol or diesel
- Estimates claim its emissions are 25% cleaner
- CNG vehicles are cheaper to net CO2 improvements than hybrids and plug-in vehicles
After the Volkswagen Golf TGI, what’s next?
As mentioned earlier, the MQB architecture allows Volkswagen to offer at least one CNG version in each model line. One of the biggest features of MQB is the uniform position of all motors that cuts down on engineering costs and weight/complexity when adapting the car over to other models. According to Car Magazine, Volkswagen plans to cut the time it takes to build a car by 30% simply by implementing a standardized, interchangeable set of parts from which it can build a variety of cars.
Once the Volkswagen Golf TGI is released this summer, autoblog.com suggests keep an eye out for the following Volkswagen vehicles to pop up:
• A five door wagon is set to enter the market for sales early this fall
• A CNG run Passat and Polo will be converted to the MQB architecture and released after the next model changeover
Volkswagen’s dual fuel vehicles are a great benefit the environment and your wallet!