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A while ago a GLA 200 was spotted with a little taxi sign on its roof doing some test driving. We now have a better idea of exactly what that was.

It is a GLA 200 taxi that will run on the 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine from the Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Dive Taxi that was launched the other day at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. With a 1595 cc displacement and 156 horses, the engine's most impressive feature is its low CO2 emissions while running on natural gas. This natural gas costs about half as much as gasoline too!

So if you are in Germany next year, you may see one of these natural gas taxis drinvin' round.
 

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A while ago a GLA 200 was spotted with a little taxi sign on its roof doing some test driving. We now have a better idea of exactly what that was.

It is a GLA 200 taxi that will run on the 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine from the Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Dive Taxi that was launched the other day at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. With a 1595 cc displacement and 156 horses, the engine's most impressive feature is its low CO2 emissions while running on natural gas. This natural gas costs about half as much as gasoline too!

So if you are in Germany next year, you may see one of these natural gas taxis drinvin' round.
Interesting that mercedes is hopping into LNG propelled vehicles. Most North American Taxis run on either LNG or propane but those are aftermarket kits. I believe Mercedes and Ford are the only two manufacturers to design a LNG system from the factory.. Ford is doing it with the F-150..
 

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I thought that was a thing of the past but whatever make sense to save some money on fuel. Do they have these types of vehicle in North america that run on natural gas?
 

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I thought that was a thing of the past but whatever make sense to save some money on fuel. Do they have these types of vehicle in North america that run on natural gas?
They're rare, but we have them. There was a huge third party study done of "green cars" over here, taking into account EVERYTHING from manufacturing the cars, transport etc. etc. regarding it's environmental impact. The natural gas civic won, stomping the Prius, which came in fourth.
 

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Isn't natural gas extraction (fracking) not very good for the environment, specifically water resources? And I have never seen a place where you can just buying natural gas to put in your car. The lower CO2 emissions sounds great though and who wouldn't want to be driven around in a Benz taxi?
 

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and yet i thought natural gas engines phased out, it think Mercdes would have been better off expanding into hybrid powertrains.
 

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Hybrid taxis would run out of electric energy pretty quick since they are on the road all day and can't really stop for an extended period of time to charge. It would still be better for the environment, but it just wouldn't work as well practically as it does with regular personal vehicles.
 

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Actually I think if it was a hybrid it would be better than an EV since hybrids would have the start and stop function perfect for those moments when you arrive and getting paid the car could be off. But for EVs you would run out of charge.
 

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hybrid is the way to go in a compact vehicle like this, people buying it are already using it largely for commuting, so why not make those commutes better for those that are willing to pay a bit more?
 
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