Volkswagen considering natural gas versions in the U.S.

Similar to Honda, Volkswagen reportedly has plans to sell vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) in the U.S., provided that the government works to install more CNG pumps at fuelling stations.

Volkswagen has been offering CNG cars in Europe for about a decade now.

The limited infrastructure in the U.S. (only 600 public CNG fuelling stations, most of them on the East Coast and West Coast) is a major obstacle for automakers like Honda and Volkswagen.

In comparison, Germany has 900 such stations for a much smaller territory. “I’m always struggling because we have not enough,” says Heinz-Jakob Neusser, product development chief for the Volkswagen brand.

As the second-largest seller of CNG vehicles in Europe, behind Fiat, Volkswagen has made huge investments in a platform that allows plants to build the same car with a variety of powertrains, including gasoline, diesel, CNG, electric, plug-in hybrid, and ethanol.

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