Seat does away with six myths about the CNG drive. According to the Spaniards, too many customers still have respect or even fear of the alternative drive. According to the Seat experts, this is mostly unfounded.
Myth number one: the feeling behind the wheel is not the same
Andrew Shepard, head of the CNG models department, explains. Because many believe that the driving experience behind the wheel is completely different. “The driving experience is identical, since gas engines are just as powerful as diesel or gasoline engines.”
Myth number two: gas tanks are not safe
Old reports of exploding gas tanks aren’t hard to find. Most people ignore the fact that they are LPG vehicles or poor retrofit solutions. Today’s CNG vehicles have gas tanks that can withstand around 400 bar pressure, but Seat only has a pressure of around 200 bar inside. Furthermore, the myth about “freezing” is also far-fetched. For this, the outside temperature would have to drop below minus 160 degrees Celsius. In addition, the gas tanks “are equipped with a safety valve and in the unlikely event of a fire the gas is released into the outside air in a controlled manner. This prevents the vehicle from being damaged. “
Myth number three: Driving into cities when (anymore) is not possible
“The CNG vehicles from SEAT all have a green environmental badge, so they can be driven even if access to inner cities is restricted due to excessive pollution. In addition, the owners of these models receive certain advantages, such as tax breaks and often fuel vouchers from local energy providers. “
Myth number four: if the gas tank is empty you are standing
The CNG vehicles from Seat are designed bivalent. This means that there is still a gas tank on board, to which the vehicle automatically switches if the gas tank is empty. Incorrect refueling can also be ruled out, as the filler necks are completely different.
Myth number five: the disproportionate purchase price
CNG vehicles are often overpriced. Here, too, you can take the fear away from customers, as the Seat CNG vehicles are often cheaper to buy than diesel vehicles. In addition, when refueling, for example, 30% less money has to be handed over to the attendant than with diesel and even 55 percent less than with gasoline.
Myth number six: The high maintenance effort
“It is not true that spark plugs or filters need to be replaced more frequently”. The only significant difference is that the gas system is checked for leaks before each TÜV inspection.