Volkswagen wants to expand its presence in the European fleet market and plans to use a new version of the Passat to do it. In early 2008, VW will start building a Passat that can run on compressed natural gas that can be easily refueled at central fleet locations. The CNG Passat is scheduled to be equipped with the 1.4L TSI four cylinder with a 150hp output. In Europe, CNG can be had for 0.90 euro/L compared to gasoline 1.35 euro/L. At some point after the CNG Passat is launched, the CNG option
The Swiss Federal Material Testing and Research Institute (EMPA), in cooperation with Volkswagen and Umicore, has developed a new catalyst designed specifically for natural gas engines. The companies claim the new catalyst reduces NOx emissions by around 50 percent and it costs less because it uses fewer precious metals than existing models.
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