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Those who drive on natural gas can save taxes

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10 selected natural gas cars in price and tax comparison: The Fiat Doblò costs 114 euros a year in natural gas operation (1.6 l displacement, 92 hp, 18,220 euros). As a gasoline engine (1.4 l, 77 hp, 13,100 euros) are 136 euros for him. With a diesel engine (1.3 l, 85 PS, 15,650 euros), 174 euros are due.

Source: Fiat

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Fiat Grande Punto – natural gas (1.4 l, 70 PS, 16,500 euros) 28 euros. Petrol (1.4 l with 77/95/120/155 hp, 12,250 / 14,800 / 17,050 / 18,100 euros) 66 euros. Diesel (1.3 l, 75/90 PS, 15.350 / 16.200 euros) 124 euros.

Source: ddp

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Fiat Panda – natural gas (1.2 l, 52 hp, 13,570 euros) 26 euros. Petrol (1.1 l, 54 hp, 9690 euros; 1.2 l, 60 hp, 10,770 euros; 1.4 l, 100 hp, 14,520 euros) 52 euros. Diesel (1.3 l, 70/75 PS, 1st2,620 / 13,270 euros) 124 euros.

Source: fiat

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Ford C-Max – natural gas (2.0 l, 126 PS, 25,975 euros) 84 euros. Petrol (2.0 l, 145 PS, 22,700 euros) 148 euros. Diesel (2.0 l, 110/136 PS, 25,200 / 24,700 euros) 258 euros.

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Ford Focus – natural gas (2.0 l, 126 PS, 23,125 euros) 82 euros. Petrol (2.0 l, 145 PS, 19,850 euros) 138 euros. Diesel (2.0 l, 110/136 PS, 22,350 / 21,850 euros) 238 euros.

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Mercedes B-Class – natural gas (2.0 l, 116 PS, 29,334 euros) 72 euros. Petrol (1.7 l, 116 PS, 25,645 euros) 128 euros. Diesel (2.0 l, 109 PS, 27,608 euros) 226 euros.

Source: Daimler AG

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Opel Combo – natural gas (1.6l, 94 PS, 18,890 euros) 58 euros. Petrol (1.4 l, 90 PS, 15,060 euros) 94 euros. Diesel (1.3 l, 75 PS, 16,260 euros) 208 euros.

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Opel Zafira – natural gas (1.6 l, 94/150 PS, 22,425 / 25,435 euros) 68 euros. Petrol (1.6 l, 115 PS, 19,995 euros) 130 euros. Diesel (1.7 l, 110 PS, 22,555 euros) 226 euros.

Source: Opel

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VW Caddy Life – natural gas (2.0 l, 104 PS, 22,003 euros). Petrol (1.4 l, 80 PS, 16,969 euros) 182 euros. Diesel (2.0 l, 140 PS, 23,110 euros) 269 euros.

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VW Passat – natural gas (1.4 l, 150 PS, 30,525 euros) 34 euros. Petrol (1.4 l, 122 PS, 25,650 euros) 156 euros. Diesel (2.0 l, 110 PS, 27,025 euros) 242 euros.

Source: AMI Leipzig

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VW Touran – natural gas (1.4 l, 150 PS, 27,450 euros) 46 euros. Petrol (1.4 l, 170 PS, 31,900 euros) 120 euros. Diesel (1.9 l, 105 PS, 24,475 euros) 268 euros.

Source: Volkswagen

The new vehicle tax has been in effect since July 1st. For the first time, it also takes into account the carbon dioxide emissions of cars. But critics are not convinced of the new regulation: The differences between low-CO2 cars and cars with high fuel consumption are too small. Unless you run on natural gas.

D.he new vehicle tax is particularly beneficial for cars that have an alternative to petrol and diesel – for example natural gas. Because it burns with less CO2, the cars save not only at the gas station, but also on the annual tax bill. The owner of a modern VW Passat TSI EcoFuel with a 150 hp engine only pays 34 euros vehicle tax per year. Comparably motorized petrol and diesel models are not that cheap. The tax office charges 156 euros a year for the Passat 1.8 TSI with 160 hp.

And with the Passat 2.0 TDI with 140 diesel hp, even 242 euros are due. Other examples can be found in the table, which compares models with approximately equally powerful gasoline, diesel and natural gas engines.

As much as natural gas drivers can be happy – those who drive a car with LPG hardly benefit. Liquefied petroleum gas, like natural gas, will be exempt from mineral oil tax until the end of 2018. That’s why gas drivers always save on refueling. But when LPG sloshes into the tank, the car uses more of it than if petrol had been tapped – conventional fuel simply contains more energy. For example, the driver of a Chevrolet Epica can fill up with LPG very cheaply, but the car also consumes 10.7 liters per 100 kilometers, which is 2.5 liters more than the conventional petrol model. The CO2 difference remains small at 22 grams, the vehicle tax savings are only 44 euros per year.

For Iraklis Avramopoulos from the Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr (IAV), natural gas is the fuel of the future anyway. Avramopoulos heads the gas propulsion department at the Berlin service provider, which works with 3000 engineers in the automotive industry. His team was involved in the advance development of VW’s new turbo natural gas engine, which he raves about. The 150 PS of the Passat TSI EcoFuel would offer the driving pleasure that is needed for the breakthrough of natural gas cars. "The diesel was only acceptable when the fun factor came along."

But drivers could also be forced to use natural gas. The world has less and less oil, says Avramopoulos, and the fuel could become very expensive in the foreseeable future. "With natural gas we have twice and three times the reserves, the raw material is cheaper." If only the link to the oil price weren’t there – that would have to disappear, that’s what the politicians are up to. And when it comes to lowering carbon dioxide levels, natural gas is hard to beat. “With natural gas, you save 25 percent CO2 immediately, just by using the fuel.” LPG, on the other hand, only has an eight to ten percent CO2 advantage.

The new vehicle tax is also about carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, it has turned out to be quite complicated, and not everyone finds it fair. The ADAC supports it, the competition from the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD) is against it: It would have made more sense to transfer the vehicle tax to the mineral oil tax. Then the motorists who drive a lot of fuel and thus generate a lot of carbon dioxide would have been more exposed than infrequent drivers.

But now it’s not about the actual, but the theoretically possible CO2 emissions. The limit is 120 grams per kilometer: if a car generates less CO2, only the engine’s displacement counts for the tax (two euros per 100 cubic centimeters for gasoline, 9.50 euros for diesel). If the CO2 value is over 120 grams, you pay an additional two euros per gram per year.

However, the new rule only applies to cars that have been newly registered since today. Older vehicles are taxed according to the old rule, at least until the end of 2012. After that, the regulations for older cars can be changed again. And there is another special rule: The tax exemption continues to apply to cars with the EU4, EU5 and EU6 emissions standards that were newly registered between November 5, 2008 and June 30, 2009, i.e. yesterday.

Mostly it is about a year. When it is over, the cars are taxed at the most favorable rate for them. So the old and the new tax rates can coexist for a few years.

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