When you don't want to go electric just yet.
Skoda has been quite busy lately, with their lineup growing to appeal to those looking for EVs and mild-hybrid technology. While they don't get the same attention stateside, Skoda has been enjoying success in Europe and other parts of the world, where their wide range of products with a ton of conventional and alternative propulsion systems. The new Skoda Octavia G-Tec joins the Octavia family with even better range and efficiency than before, offering a great alternative to your usual gasoline and electric options.
Gallery: Skoda Octavia G-Tec
For those of you who may be wondering, Skoda Octavia G-Tec is designed to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and is one of Skoda's many cars that offer the same technology. The Octavia adopted the G-Tec powertrain in 2014 and has gone through a number of upgrades throughout the years. The latest iteration sees the 1.5-liter turbocharged bi-fuel engine make 129 horsepower (96 kW), and can burn fuel more cleanly in CNG mode, resulting in 25% less carbon dioxide emissions, significantly less nitrogen oxide, and no soot particles. Three tanks found in the underbody can store up to 17.33 kg (38 pounds) of CNG, while a 9-liter (2.3-gallon) fuel tank is there for opportunities where CNG may not be available.
Variable control of intake valves that make use of the Miller combustion process can result in a 100-kilometer (62-mile) range for every 3.4 to 3.6 kg (7.5 to 8 pounds) of CNG, and 4.6 liters (1.2 gallons) per 100 km (62 miles) in gasoline mode. This results in an estimated range of about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in CNG mode, and an additional 190 (118 miles) kilometers using regular gasoline, resulting in almost 700 kilometers (435 miles) of driving. Switching between CNG and petrol mode happens automatically without driver intervention.
The Skoda Octavia G-Tec will be available in hatchback and wagon form and will be on sale in Europe this September.
› The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC’s 1.5 TSI produces 96 kW (130 PS)
› CO2 emissions in CNG mode are around 25 per cent lower than when running on petrol
› Natural gas range of 500 km* in the WLTP cycle
Mladá Boleslav, 26 June 2020 – The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC is designed to run on environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG). The OCTAVIA G-TEC is fitted with a 1.5 TSI, providing 96 kW (130 PS), and achieves a range of 500 km* in the WLTP cycle when operated purely using this type of fuel. Three tanks installed in the underbody store a total of 17.33 kg of CNG. A 9-litre petrol tank ensures mobility in regions without suitable refuelling infrastructure. The new OCTAVIA G-TEC will be launched across Europe this autumn.
The 1.5 TSI in the OCTAVIA G-TEC is designed to run on natural gas and has an output of 96 kW (130 PS). This type of fuel burns more cleanly, resulting in CO2 emissions in CNG mode that are around 25 per cent lower than when running on petrol; in addition, significantly less nitrogen oxide (NOx) is emitted and no soot particles are produced. The engine is very efficient, thanks to, among other things, variable control of the intake valves according to what is known as the Miller combustion process. This enables consumption of 3.4 to 3.6 kg per 100 km in the WLTP cycle in CNG mode and 4.6 l per 100 km in petrol mode.
Boasting a CNG capacity of 17.33 kg, the OCTAVIA G-TEC has a range of 500 km* in the WLTP cycle in natural gas mode. When making use of the petrol in its 9-litre tank, the OCTAVIA G-TEC can cover a further 190 km*, giving it a total range of approx. 700 km*. Switching between CNG and petrol mode happens automatically without driver intervention.
The vehicle only accesses the petrol fuel supply in certain situations, such as when the engine is started after the CNG has been topped up, when the outside temperature is below -10 degrees Celsius, or when the gas tanks are so empty that the pressure drops below 11 bar. The OCTAVIA G‑TEC features a specific layout in the Virtual Cockpit and can be easily identified by a badge at the rear. The hatchback’s boot can hold 455 l, the COMBI’s boot capacity is 495 l.
In CNG mode, CO2 emissions are 25 per cent lower than those of a conventional petrol engine, even when using natural gas. By using 20 per cent bio-CNG, as is currently common in Germany, for example, the car’s carbon footprint can be improved by as much as 35 to 40 per cent. Using fuel mixtures with an even higher percentage of bio-CNG, from plant residues and biological waste, leads to improvements of up to 90 per cent. This means that journeys under these circumstances are almost climate-neutral. Full climate neutrality can be achieved by using synthetic methane, which is produced with green electricity in a power-to-gas process. However, this procedure is still under development.
*This information is provisional and subject to change.