Natural gas was initially used to power commercial vehicles so that a check could be put on emissions, the tech is now coming to passenger vehicles too, with the likes of Mercedes-Benz coming up with natural gas fueled passenger vehicles. The company’s B 200 Natural Gas Drive features the “Energy Space” body concept, which includes a double floor with space in between for one large and two smaller natural gas containers.
With a capacity to carry 125 liters of gaseous fuel, the vehicle yields a range of 500 km. However, if the car runs dry, a 12-liter petrol tank comes into play to propel the vehicle forward. The natural gas powered engine produces a thump of 156hp, enabling you to zoom on the highway at a top speed of 200kph, while hitting the 100kph mark in just 9.1 seconds. With carbon emissions estimated to be around 115 grams per km, the vehicle consumes about 4.2kg of gas for every 100km of driving distance. The vehicle will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this year and should be available at European dealerships sometime in the first quarter of 2013.