Gaseous-fuel powered vehicles are environmentally friendly, since the combustion of methane, the main component of natural gas, causes about 20 % less CO2-emissions in the atmosphere than gasoline and diesel. When using biogas, synthetic methane, or hydrogen produced from wind or solar power, the reduction of CO2 emissions can even reach nearly 100 %. At the same time, natural gas is convincing economically. In times of dwindling fossil resources gas-powered vehicles offer a medium and even long-term perspective, considering the opportunities arising from the production of synthetic methane by methanation of hydrogen or the direct use of hydrogen.
FKFS- Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren Stuttgart
IAV GmbH, Ingenieursgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bargende, FKFS/IFS; Iraklis Avramopoulos, IAV
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