Drivers of the Citroën C3 Gaz Naturel may never have to visit a petrol station again, with Citroën joining forces with France's national gas distribution company to enable owners to install their own gas re-filling compressors in their homes.

As well as offering the normal natural gas advantages of a 20 per cent reduction in the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), and zero emissions of sulphur dioxide and lead, Gaz du France have developed a home compressor unit that enables owners to refuel their Citroen C3 Gaz Naturel direct from the mains gas supply, saving both money and time.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has become increasingly popular with business users in France and Gaz du France see the development of the home refueling station as the first step towards increasing public acceptance of the CNG fuel solution. Citroën is developing CNG versions of all its key car and commercial models to encourage a broader use of CNG.

Following the development and testing of the home system, Citroën will look at marketing these products outside France.