Electric cars have to fight with some disadvantages in the cold season. In contrast, natural gas cars can show their advantages as an alternative form of propulsion even more clearly in winter. Nevertheless, they have so far been a niche product.
Alternative drive systems are on the rise, but individual models have so far tended to be found on the fringes of the registration statistics. This often has to do with consumer uncertainty. Open questions are, for example: When is it worth buying an alternatively powered car?? How high are the maintenance costs?? Where can I save compared to a conventional vehicle with a combustion engine?? And what special features do I need to be aware of, for example in winter??
With electric cars, the range drops drastically in winter
The latter question is justified in any case, since it is known for example from electric cars that their batteries perform less in winter. Thus, the range in cold weather decreases enormously compared to the optimal temperature range. At the same time, maintenance costs increase because the vehicles have to be charged more frequently.
Does this also apply to natural gas cars in winter?? Do the special vehicles have to contend with similar winter-specific disadvantages and problems??
Natural gas cars are even more economical in winter than combustion engines
Quite the opposite. Natural gas cars can fully play out their advantages over gasoline and diesel units, especially in cold weather. This is the result of a test conducted by the trade journal "auto motor und sport". The experts compared ten models with different drive types. The test winner was the VW Eco Up, a small natural gas-powered car. Drivers can be most economical on the road in winter with it.
After 750 kilometers on highways, country roads and in the city in winter weather conditions, with winter tires and the increased use of power consumers, the VW Eco Up was able to convince with a consumption of only three kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometers. Auto motor und sport" has calculated the following costs of 3.36 euros per 100 kilometers. The Fiat Panda Natural Power emitted 104 grams of CO2 per kilometer (the VW Eco Up emitted 82 grams of CO2 per kilometer) and finished as the second most environmentally friendly car. The natural gas cars left the gasoline-powered Fiat 500 far behind, for example, which under the same test conditions incurred fuel costs of 8.56 euros per 100 kilometers.
Considering winter-independent advantages and disadvantages
Before you decide to buy a natural gas car or have your car converted, you should of course be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of drive, which are independent of the season. In general, natural gas cars are more environmentally friendly than diesels or gasoline engines and cost less to maintain. On the other hand, they are more expensive to buy and the network of natural gas filling stations is nowhere near as extensive as that of conventional filling stations.