"Day of the Natural Gas Car" in Austria informs the public about the advantages of natural gas vehicles
Vienna/ Kassel. On 13 March, everything in Austria will center on environmentally conscious driving: the professional association "Gas Wärme" is launching the first “Tag des Erdgasautos” ("Day of the Natural Gas Car") together with natural gas companies. The association wants to raise interest in the climate-friendly mobility alternative. Activities and events on all sorts of themes related to natural gas vehicles will be taking place across the country; people will have the possibility, for example, of test-driving various models of natural gas cars.
A natural gas vehicle emits roughly a quarter less CO2 than a gasoline vehicle, it produces almost no particulate matter and is much quieter. So natural gas vehicles can make an important contribution to climate protection.
That’s one reason why the federal government in Vienna has set the ambitious goal of having at least 200,000 natural gas vehicles on Austria’s roads by 2020. The sales figures are already increasing. In 2014, 12 percent more natural gas cars were permitted on Austria’s roads than the year before. In addition to the environmental benefits, natural gas vehicles are winning over drivers with their lower fuel costs and lower car registration tax (the "Normverbrauchsabgabe"). That makes them an attractive alternative, especially for commuters.
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