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The OCTAVIA 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 The spare wheel well has been replaced by a specially moulded floor panel to make space available for the gas tank behind the rear multi-link axle. Thanks to this solution the CNG-powered OCTAVIA offers basic 460 litres or maximum 1,450 litres for luggage. A spare wheel has been replaced by a tyre repair kit.
CNG is as safe as petrol and diesel. The tanks, located under the boot, 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 25,200 CNG filling stations around the world. Across Europe, there are around 4,500 CNG stations available to the public.
In 2015 Germany and Italy had the highest number of public filling stations with more than 900. 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. ŠKODA G-TEC vehicles cause significantly less pollution than vehicles using standard fuel.