October 23, 2006/April 13, 2007

Around the world with CNG

75 cites in 40 countries · 45.000 km
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Second "Guinness World Record" for the first circumnavigation of the world with a natural gas driven car. Between October 23, 2006, and April 13, 2007, Rainer Zietlow, photographer Franz Januczewicz, mechanic Florian Holpert and camera man Falk Gunold drove around the world with a completely natural gas driven Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel for the first time. The serial utility car was equipped with several additional tanks and had a range of around 3.000 km. A fuel tank, which was included in the standard vehicle, was sealed in advance. Starting in Hanover (Germany), the team headed eastbound to cross five continents and 75 cities in 40 countries. Good gas supply could be found in Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, India and Thailand, where official cars and taxis have to be operated with gas. There was an excellent network of natural gas filling stations in Argentina and Brazil, and in some states of the USA it was quite well developed, too. Crossing Australia was only possible thanks to a private filling station for forklifts. The tour ended on Leipzig´s Automotive trade fair after 45.000 km. For every travelled kilometer Rainer Zietlow donated 10 cents to a SOS Children´s Village in Bangalore, India, which he had visited during his tour.