|The PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG roadster.|
BRA GmbH and its partners, PGO Automobiles and gasmobil, will introduce a roadster with a methane (biogas/natural gas)-fuelled turbo engine at the upcoming International Auto Salon in Geneva from 6-16 March.
The PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG roadster sports a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. Compression ratio in the engine is 11.0:1, and the engine offers maximum output of 110 kW (150 hp) at 5,600 rpm, with maximum torque of 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) at 2,300 rpm.
Combined cycle fuel consumption is 4.6 kg/100 km (approximately 6.7 liters gasoline equivalent/100 km), and CO2 emissions are approximately 118 g/km. If only biogas is used, the car can be run CO2-neutral.
The Turbo-CNG has a top speed of 210 kph (130 mph), and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The natural gas storage tanks hold 22 kg (132 liters) and the car has a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles).
Germany currently has approximately 770 natural gas filling stations. Italy—the European leader in natural gas vehicles with more than 430,000 vehicles on the road—has more than 600 filling stations with natural gas or biogas, Switzerland has almost 100 and Austria 90.
Schweinfurt, Germany-based BRA GmbH is accepting advance orders for the PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG for Germany. Depending on the response, BRA and PGO will decide on when the eco-friendly roadster will be produced in series. The declared objective of the project partners is to offer the sports car for a price of around €48,000 (US$70,000).