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Graphic element High-efficiency, low-emission, compressed natural gas cars
     
 
Dedicated processes and equipment for environmentally sound, natural gas-fuelled passenger cars, include design software, a new natural gas injection system and a special catalyst.
 

In the context of today's rapidly increasing environmental concerns, the compressed natural gas (CNG) car offers an important alternative to conventionally fuelled automobiles. Unfortunately, up to now, most CNG cars have been little more than normal gasoline cars retrofited for CNG application. The full potential for emission reduction and reduced fuel consumption represented by CNG technology has yet to be realised.

This project was aimed at developing dedicated equipment for natural gas-fuelled passenger cars. Software modules were developed for the design of improved combustion processes and systems within the CNG engine, including a new natural gas injection system and a special catalyst. The new developments have made for considerable reductions in energy consumption and toxic gas emissions compared to conventional CNG cars.

The final result is a fully optimised and marketable CNG-driven passenger car, now being produced and sold by project partner Fiat. Production start-up involved the engagement of an additional 80 employees and another 30 are due to join. Partners say their new CNG system represents an important step ahead for the European automotive industry.

Cordis RCN: 22507
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