The new eco up!

Natural gas in the tank:
eco up! is one of the world’s lowest emitting cars

The eco up! as a series version generates only 79 g/km of CO2
eco up! consumes only 2.9 kg of natural gas per 100 kilometres

Wolfsburg / Geneva, 06 March 2012 – In Geneva, Volkswagen will present the production version of the new eco up!. Thanks to natural gas as fuel and the standard BlueMotion Technology (among other things, Stop/Start system and battery regeneration), the latest up! sets a new benchmark in the area of CO2 emissions with a mere 79 g/km. Naturally, the combined fuel consumption is similarly low – a mere 2.9 kg/100 km of natural gas (CNG: compressed natural gas). The fact is: Until now, hardly any carmaker had a small car with CNG natural gas drive in its vehicle line-up. Even though this fuel offers enormous benefits. Natural gas engines are very low-emitting and enjoy tax privileges, for instance in Germany.

Engine data and driving performance. Volkswagen deploys a newly developed 1.0 litre three-cylinder of the EA211 engine series for the eco up! as well. The agile drive system produces 50 kW / 68 PS (at 6,200 rpm), and a maximum torque of 90 Nm is available between 3,000 to 4,300 rpm. Thus equipped, the eco up! accelerates to 100 km/h in 15.8 seconds. Its top speed: 168 km/h.

Natural gas tanks in the underbody. These fabulous values are made possible by the energy content of natural gas: One kg CNG is equivalent to about 1.5 litres of petrol. The natural gas is stored in two underfloor tanks (total volume: 72 litres / 11 kg CNG) near the rear axle. The first tank, together with a 10-litre reserve petrol tank, is located in front of the axle; meanwhile, the second tank uses the space for the spare wheel recess. As a result, there are no restrictions in terms of use, beyond the loss of the spare wheel recess, since it was possible to integrate the entire EcoFuel system in the vehicle structure.

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