From Berlin to Bangkok with CNG
After completing the first natural gas driven circumnavigation of the world, Rainer Zietlow and Franz Januczewicz, photographer, started their next tour on September 17, 2007, in Berlin. In a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel they travelled via Shanghai to Bangkok, where they arrived on November 15, 2007. This marathon drive of 22.000 km was an on-road test for a new granulate material, which was supposed to extend the range of natural gas as fuel. It was the first time that a German natural gas car went via Nepal and into the highlands of the Himalaya to Tibet, crossing the access road of the Mt. Everest base-camp. In China the team visited the "Challenge Bibendium", the world largest event of its kind for alternate fuel. Zietlow and Januczewicz were the only participants who arrived on their own four wheels. The network of natural gas filling stations in China is well developed since taxis and buses are run by gas. Via Laos and Vietnam the team reached Bangkok, where the Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel was shown at the world´s largest natural gas trade fair. Rainer Zietlow donated 20 cents for every travelled kilometer to two SOS Children´s Villages in Kathmandu/Nepal and Lhasa/Tibet.