January 2, 2010/April 2, 2010

From Argentina to Alaska with CNG

CNG driven Volkswagen · 35.000km
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EcoFuel TransAmerica

The second part of the global long-distance drive with a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi EcoFuel went along the most famous and longest road of the world, the Panamericana. Rainer Zietlow and photographer and cameraman Marius Biela travelled through the American continents from Argentina to Alaska and covered a distance of 35.000 km. The classic route was left sometimes as the network of natural gas filling stations is noticeably better in Southern Brazil and in the eastern part of the USA than along the original route. The CNG driven Volkswagen started on January 2, 2010, at the most southern CNG station of the continent in Rio Grande and arrived at its destination Deadhorse on April 2, 2010. The impervious Darien jungle between Columbia and Panama was bypassed with a container ship. The CNG supply was always good, as the Caddy Maxi EcoFuel was able to range nearly 3.000 km. Private stations, for example for forklifts, were contacted in advance. Special highlights of the extreme CNG tour were driving the "Death Road" in Bolivia, a pressure refueling in Oklahoma with 250 bars and driving through Alaska at temperatures of -35° C. Rainer Zietlow donated 10 cents for every travelled kilometer to a SOS Children´s village in Bogota and visited it in person.