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The OCTAVIA COMBI G-TEC interior therefore remains completely unaffected. The spare wheel well has been replaced by a specially moulded floor panel to make space available for two gas tanks behind the rear axle. Thanks to this solution the CNG-powered OCTAVIA COMBI offers basic 480 litres or maximum 1,610 litres for luggage. A spare wheel has been replaced by a tyre repair kit.
The CNG drive is also interlinked with ŠKODA Connect online services. Fit your car with the Care Connect service package and you’ll be able to check your remaining CNG, petrol, overall range and consumption on your smartphone, no matter where you are. Emergency Call, which automatically calls for assistance when the restraint systems have been deployed, is also incorporated.
CNG is as safe as petrol and diesel. The three tanks, one made of steel and the other two of composite material, comply with the strictest safety requirements and regulations. In an accident, the CNG is sealed in tanks by safety valve. In case of fire, another set of safety valves takes care of carefully controlled gas release.
The distinct advantage of CNG vehicles is their fuel economy. CNG is one of the cheapest fuels. Operating costs are approximately 50% lower compared to petrol or diesel. The consumption of CNG vehicles in m3/100 km is nearly the same as the consumption in litres of petrol. CNG really pays off especially with high annual mileage.
There are more than 30,000 CNG filling stations around the world. Across Europe, there are around 4,000 CNG stations available to the public.
In 2017 Germany and Italy had the highest number of public filling stations with more than 800. And every day, more and more filling stations throughout Europe start offering CNG.
Did you know that gas is the oldest fuel for combustion engines? Etienne Lenoir in France and Nikolaus Otto in Germany built gas-powered engines in early 1860s.
Nowadays, CNG drive offers a potential 20-25% lower CO2 emissions, lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) output and no particulate emissions. ŠKODA G-TEC vehicles cause significantly less pollution than vehicles using standard fuel.