VW’s EcoFuel (NGV or Gasoline) has new longer range

Discussion in 'Volkswagen' started by xcel, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] A Minivan fueled by NG_or gasoline at the touch of a button.

    [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2010_VW_Touran_EcoFuel.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 5, 2009

    The VW Touran TSI EcoFuel - Expensive Natural gas MPV can travel up to 415 miles on a single tank.

    The multi-variable Touran TSI EcoFuel is currently one of Germany's best-selling vehicles in its class. The latest version is now available with an improved fuel range thanks to an increased fuel tank capacity and improved efficiency.

    In natural gas mode, the increased fuel tank will have a range of approximately 322 miles and the miniature 2.9 gallon gasoline tank will add an extra 93 miles.

    The natural gas tanks are built into the underbody to save space and now hold a total capacity of
    24 kilograms (previously 18 kilograms) in the five-seater version. For the same price, customers can get a seven-seater version of the family vehicle whose fuel range reaches 322 miles (229 miles on natural gas and 93 miles on gasoline.).

    The Touran TSI EcoFuel uses a twin- turbocharger and supercharger capable of 148 HP and 162 lb-ft. of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The Touran TSI EcoFuel is available now at a base price of $40,000 USD.
  2. total nut

    total nut Member

    Are these available in the USA?
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Total nut:

    ___They (meaning VW) easily could but they are not. Our only OEM NGV is the Civic GX which is great but its smaller and is itself rather pricey for an LX trim level and whose range is a bit more limited than what the European VW EcoFuel offers.

    ___Good Luck

  4. paratwa

    paratwa Well-Known Member

    Re: VW’s EcoFuel (NGV or Gasoline) has new longer range

    The Civic GX is also CNG ONLY. This VW is a unique bird being built to run both. I doubt we'll ever see it here in the States because of how difficult it is to get the EPA to certify a bi-fuel CNG/gasoline vechile.

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