“Impossible”, “No way!”, “Are you out of your mind?”. These are just some of the spontaneous reactions we got from people on the street when we asked them if they thought it was possible to drive from Barcelona to Madrid for 20 euros. In order to prove them wrong, Andrew Shepherd, an expert on CNG at SEAT, set himself the goal of making the trip in a car fuelled with this alternative fuel source that costs up to 50% less than petrol and 30% less than diesel.
Shepherd set out on his trip at the wheel of a Leon ST TGI* from a Gas Natural Fenosa gas station in Barcelona. As he pulled away to begin the challenge, he declared that “compressed natural gas is a very compelling alternative energy for the car industry”, not only for its low cost, but also because it helps contribute to lowering emissions levels established by the European Union. This kind of energy represents a 25% reduction in CO2 compared to traditional fuels, and an additional 87% reduction in nitrogen oxide compared to diesel fuelled vehicles.