Rainer Zietlow and Franz Janusiewicz set off in January from Irschenberg, Southern Germany on a marathon visit of 800 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Germany. Several Swagelok authorised sales and service centres are co-sponsoring the Tour, which see the duo drive the recently launched VW Passat 1.4 TSI EcoFuel from Garmisch to Flensburg in 80 days. The Tour highlights the increasing availability of natural gas in Germany, while demonstrating the reliability of Swagelok parts, which form a vital part of the Passat's ecological driving experience. Swagelok Company is a major developer and provider of fluid system component technologies, with a global network of more than 200 authorised sales and service centres in 57 countries.
Deric Wallace, Regional Director Europe, Swagelok Company, says: "Swagelok Company is proud to support the advancement of alternative fuel technology in Germany at both the vehicle and fuelling station level, and we are proud to say that Volkswagen has chosen Swagelok tube fittings, valves and hoses as reliability and safety is paramount."
One of the highlights of the Tour is the visit to Germany's largest natural gas field in Münsterland, as well as the only gas station where motorists can buy "˜100 per cent German natural gas'. Over the 80 days of the tour the Passat will also visit Swagelok sales and service centres en route for customer and media events. The experienced team recently completed the EcoFuel World and Asian Tours, which earned them an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.
In addition, the Tour raises funds for the charity SOS Children's Villages in Berlin and Sulzburg, which supports abandoned children and orphans as well as disadvantaged families. Zietlow will visit both villages and present the money in person.
The progress of the Tour can be followed via the website www.800cng.de. Images and text will be uploaded daily, and the adventurers will host live broadcasts.