VW Up! has its first customer. Volkswagen announced a new natural gas powered Eco Up! small car, which is the world’s most fuel efficient natural gas passenger vehicle, Eco Up! can burn 2.9 kgs of CNG every 100 kms or 62 miles while emitting just 79 gms of CO2/ km. This is about 56 US mpg or 23.8 kmpl. CNG or Compressed Natural Gas is the new alternative fuel to gasoline. Not only CNG is cheaper, it is also much cleaner and greener. CNG has caught the attention of many European consumers who are now opting for this alternative fuel option in their upcoming vehicles.
However, US markets will not be receiving Eco Up! as it is scheduled for sale only in Europe where the country gets set to make fuel for natural gas vehicles from biomass and renewable biomethane. Volkswagen is yet to launch Up! in India. But once they launch, it will surely attract a great deal of attention as it will compete with 20,000 units a month car, Maruti Alto 800.
Volkswagen has fitted the new Eco Up! with three subfloor tanks. The first is of 35 liter capacity for storage of CNG which is situated at the front of the rear axle while a reserve petrol tank is of 10 liters. A third tank specially for 37 liters of CNG storage in fitted in a place which would otherwise be reserved for a spare wheel. Eco Up! prices in Europe start at €12,950 (Rs 9.11 lakhs) while the government will be offering a subsidy of over €1,000 as a special incentive to buyers opting for this clean and green fuel option.
Performance specs of the Up! ECO models stand at delivering 67 hp from the three cylinder 1.0L engine along with a peak torque of 90 Nm. This allows the small Up! to reach a top speed of 164 kmph and achieve a 0-100 kmph acceleration in 16.3 seconds. For more information, scroll down.