The Volkswagen Up! Mini received a new edition called Eco. This model receives power from a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that can run on CNG, short from Compressed Natural Gas. This fuel is actually an alternative for gasoline that might get to be quite used between Europeans. Just for comparison, 1.0 kg of natural gas is equivalent to 1.3 liters of diesel or 1.5 liters of petrol. The engineers have decided to make it run on natural gas, but also on regular gasoline and renewable bio-methane as alternative fuels. The new Volkswagen Up! Eco features three subfloor tanks. The first one stores the 35 liter of CNG and you will find it in front of the rear axle where there is also the 10 liter reserve petrol tank. The third tank uses the space of the spare wheel.
So that you know, when powered by Compressed Natural Gas, the engine is capable of generating 67 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 16.3 seconds and to reach a top speed of 164 km/h. The Volkswagen Up! Eco also received a lot of elements in terms of technology. To be more precise, we are talking about BlueMotion Technologies including Stop / Start system, tires that were optimized for low rolling resistance and last, but not least battery regeneration. In the end it gets a fuel consumption of 4.4 m3 of natural gas per 100 km. The CO2 emission level reaches only 79 g/km.
After some fast math, the specialists have concluded that the amount of money spent on fuel for 100 km reaches only EUR3. This is actually over 50% lower than a petrol engine. The Germans can purchase the new Volkswagen Up! Eco for EUR12.950. The government offers a EUR1.000 subsidy for its buyers.
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