Audi has added an all new model to the Audi A3 family in Germany and it’s called the A3 Sportback G-Tron. This new car is claimed to be one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles offered by Audi yet. One of the most interesting things about the g-tron is the fact that it can either run on Audi e-gas which is produced using green electricity or be compressed natural gas.
The powertrain of the car consists of a 1.4 liter TFSI petrol engine that produces a max of 110 PS and can either run on natural gas, Audi-generated e-gas or petrol. When running in pure e-gas mode, the A3 Sportback g-tron becomes CO2-neutral, meaning it does not impact the environment at all.
One of the questions here would be what this Audi e-gas is? The Audi e-gas is a synthetic form of methane that is produced by the German major at its e-gas facility in Werlte in Lower Saxony, Germany. Audi e-gas is produced with the help of green electricity and, interestingly, the process uses as much CO2 as the car releases when running in gas mode. Just to tell you how ecofriendly the A3 Sportback g-tron is, it consumes 3.2 to 3.3 kilograms of gas per 100 km.
Customers who wish to run the car on e-gas can opt for the Audi e-gas fuel card which costs 14.95 euros per month. Under this, Audi records makes a note of the amount of gas a particular customer pays for using the fuel car and ensures that exactly the same amount of e-gas released into the German natural gas network.
The costs associated with the amounts of gas a customer refuels are then deducted via the Audi e-gas fuel card. Customers going for this option will be able to use over 650 fuel stations across Germany.
As far as UK customers are concerned, duel to lack of infrastructure Audi has made it clear there are no plans of bringing this model to UK .
The car has been priced from 25,900 euros in Germany.
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