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Old 03-14-2008, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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More natural gas vehicles in the future?

After hearing about demand being almost doubled for the Honda Civic GX, I was surprised to come across this bit of news on GCC:

Mercedes-Benz is putting its Sprinter 316 /516 NGT natural gas van into series production, with market launch targeted for May 2008. The company began showing prototypes of the Sprinter NGT at vehicle shows last year. (Earlier post.)

Although Daimler has offered a natural gas version of the Sprinter since 1997, this is the first time the company has built a compressed natural gas version of the Sprinter from first principles. In the past, the NGT Sprinters have used a conversion from a gasoline engine—the M 111 E 23.

The engine on the Sprinter NGT is also applied in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Mercedes-Benz uses a bivalent system—the basic engine, a four-cylinder unit with a displacement of 1.8 liters, will also run on gasoline, extending the range of the Sprinter up to 1,200 kilometers (746 miles).
I just spent 16 hours in one of these vans, just wish I had had the option of calculating the mileage for it, . Definitely good rides though.

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