Daimler to Show B 200 Natural Gas Drive for 2013 Sale
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit is talking up its Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas Drive sedan for 2013, with a new arrangement of fuel cylinders allowing for no loss of storage space, CNG range topping 300 miles, “and around 50% lower fuel costs than a comparable petrol model.”
The compressed natural gas B-Class vehicle will debut at the Paris Motor Show. Mondial de l’Automobile runs September 29-October 14 at Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive’s “Energy Space” modular body consists of a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench, affording space for one large and two smaller CNG cylinders.
“Thanks to this intelligent packaging method, the five-seater model is able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known.”
The three CNG tanks hold a total of 125 water liters of fuel. That’s about 21 kilograms, Mercedes says – the equivalent at Europe’s 3,000 psi/200 bar of pressure to about 31 liters of gasoline/petrol or nearly 28 liters of diesel (8.2 U.S. gallons of gasoline and 7.4 gallons of diesel).
No CNG? The car has a 12-liter (3.2-gallon) gasoline tank. “In the event that the [natural] gas tank should ever run dry, the vehicle switches over automatically, and imperceptibly, to petrol operation,” Mercedes says.
“Because drivers are not able to select petrol mode themselves, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive is taxed more favorably as a natural gas vehicle.
“The range in natural gas mode is around 500 kilometers” – about 310 miles.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is due to arrive at dealerships at the beginning of 2013. It will be available with manual or 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission.
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Source: Mercedes-Benz and Clean Fuels Consulting (Brussels)