Although we in the Blog carsnight spoke earlier of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) as an alternative to traditional fuels there is a second alternative fuel that reaches the market. It CNG (compressed natural gas) a fuel for which Seat has clearly decided to go with the launch of the Ecofuel versions of Seat Leon and the Seat Mii.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) has reached the fuel market to stay. Its composition (about 90% methane) allows the production cost is much lower and therefore the price is reflected with a cost between 30% and 50% lower on diesel and up to 60% on gasoline . For instance travel the 600 miles between Barcelona and Madrid costs just 20 euros in a car powered by CNG.
Andrew Shepherd CNG Seat expert explains that cars that run on compressed natural gas "offer very low emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxides compared with other more conventional fuels."
Forecasts predict that its use in vehicles will grow rapidly in the coming years largely to meet the emissions targets set by the European Union. In this sense the Spanish brand Seat has decided to step forward and equip several of its models with bi-fuel engines or what is the same a double tank and CNG.
Martorell brand has developed three models that incorporate this double deposit: TGI Lion Lion ST TGI and Mii Ecofuel. They are manufactured in Spain following the same standards of quality and guarantee after passing extensive testing to ensure the reliability of the whole.
Currently circulating in the EU about two million CNG vehicles. Italy is the leading European market for fuel while in Spain there are currently about 4000 units a figure likely to increase in the future with the implementation of a growing network of refueling points.
Currently you can find a charging station compressed natural gas per 150 kilometers and every major Spanish city has such infrastructure. Now the goal is to expand the network of stations on the main roads of the Iberian Peninsula.
The engine is equipped 1.4 turbocharged direct injection and 110 hp and the model is available in the Reference Style and Itech versions all with a great standard.
The Seat Mii Ecofuel equips a 1.0 engine 68 hp and has a range of 380 kilometers thanks to its CNG tank 10 kilograms and 11 liters of gasoline.
Its consumption is reduced to 2.9 kg of CNG per 100 kilometers which would cover the distance in Spain for less than 3 euros. CO2 emissions are placed in line in the 79 g / km. You can purchase the Seat Mii Ecofuel at substantial discounts both on Reference and Style.
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