|B200 Natural Gas Drive. Click to enlarge.|
Mercedes-Benz will stage the debut of the new B 200 Natural Gas Drive member of the B-Class family at the upcoming Paris Motor Show (27 September to 14 October 2012).
In natural gas mode, consumption of the 115 kW (156 hp) B 200 Natural Gas Drive is 4.2 kg/100 km—corresponding to CO2 emissions of 115 g per kilometer. As a result, emissions are around 16% lower than those of the B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY with gasoline engine, which offers equal performance. The new model belongs to efficiency class A and meets the Euro 6 emissions standard, which is not due to come into effect for all gasoline-engined vehicles until 1 September 2014.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h (124 mph), and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive works according to the monovalent+ principle; its engine is basically operated using gas. A small 12-liter gasoline tank is on board for emergencies. In the event that the gas tank should ever run dry, the vehicle switches over automatically, and imperceptibly, to petrol operation. And Because drivers are not able to select gasoline 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 (311 miles).
|Location of the storage tanks. Click to enlarge.|
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is the first B-Class model to make use of the “ENERGY SPACE” modular body concept: a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench creates space to accommodate one large and two smaller natural gas containers, holding a total of 125 liters of natural gas (corresponding to approx. 21 kg). With this packaging method, the five-seater model is able to retain its luggage capacity.
Converting the consumption of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive into the energy equivalent of gasoline, the price per kilometer comes out at around 50% lower than the fuel costs of driving a gasoline model.
The trip computer menu in the instrument cluster of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive displays the operating mode is displayed. In addition, a fill level indicator and remaining range are included for gasoline mode. In gas mode, the driver has access to all of the regular trip computer functions.
In addition to conventional natural gas, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive can also be operated using biogas or synthetic gas produced using “excess” energy from solar power plants or wind farms.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is optionally available with manual transmission as well as the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. It is due to arrive in dealerships at the beginning of 2013.