In Germany, the most popular choice for a consumer searching for an alternative to gasoline or diesel is CNG, or compressed natural gas, as demonstrated by the sales figures of cars with CNG capability in the first two quarters of this year.
Also demonstrating that the most popular alternative to a vehicle with a standard combustion engine is one with CNG capability is the fact that more than 3600 of the so-called “CNG vehicles,” or NGVs, were newly registered in the first half of 2011. Among those were 800 buses and trucks.
According to the special interest group “CNG Mobile,” sales may increase by 11.5% in the next quarter. The growth is attributed to the growing variety of models and manufacturers, not to mention factors regarding cost and environment. The front runners here are the CNG Caddy from VW, followed by the VW Touran and the Opel Zafira.