News from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart is that the Sprinter 316 LGT (Liquefied Gas Technology) models started coming off the production line from November. Mercedes-Benz has thus added a further model variant to its alternative drive system range of vans that bear the BlueEFFICIENCY badge.
The exceptionally low-emission Sprinter 316 LGT, certified to Euro 5 standard, is very quiet running. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, with a displacement of 1.8 litres, is designed to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The particulate emissions of LGT engines are virtually zero while emissions of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, as well as sulphur dioxide, are significantly reduced in comparison with diesel engines.
When compared with petrol engines, a reduction of 20 percent in CO2 emissions is particularly noteworthy, along with the lower carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and sulphur dioxide emissions. Fuel costs are also considerably lower compared with a diesel engine.
It’s all great stuff but unfortunately, it will be a long, long time before this type of technology reaches our shores.