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UAZ Patriot CNG - methane goes places
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UAZ (Ulyanovsky Avtomobilny Zavod) is a leading Russian manufacturer of AWD passenger and commercial vehicles. The factury's capacity is 100 thousand vehicles per year. UAZ' SUVs and trucks are exported to more than 20 countries around the world.
The methane-motivated Patriot features a 2,7-litre inline engine bearing the designation ZMZ-4091. It generates 128 PS of power at 4600 rpm and nearly 210 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. The fuel, compressed to 20 MPa or over 200 bar, is stored in type IV pressure vessels under the vehicle. Each of the tanks has a gross capacity of 55 l (165 l combined), providing a range of up to 250 km between refuelings.
According to UAZ, replacing petrol with CNG as the car's fuel makes it possible to reduce running costs by over 40 percent. Russian Postal Service, whose fleet includes over 17 thousand vehicles, is open to the prospect of cutting the fuel bill, so it's no wonder a methane-powered car is undergoing tests within the company. The fleet is gradually renewed, with 20% of it replaced in 2015 alone. Last year's purchase included more than 3000 UAZ cars.
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