From Africa to England on just a single tank of fuel

A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has travelled the 1968 kilometres from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England without having to refuel – and on reaching its destination still had enough fuel left for a further 160 kilometres.

E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, ELEGANCE saloon in Dolomite Brown Metallic

E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, ELEGANCE saloon in Dolomite Brown Metallic

“Is it possible to drive a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon from North Africa to the UK on just a single tank of fuel?” British journalist Andrew Frankel discovered the answer this question by conducting a very challenging experiment of his own. He and his co-driver set off from Tangier in Morocco in a standard E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, crossed through Spain and France and reached their destination in Goodwood in England after driving for 27 hours. On arrival the speedometer showed that a distance of 1968 kilometres (1223 mi) had been covered – and the fuel gauge still showed that there was enough fuel left over for around a further 160 kilometres (100 mi). The total range of the hybrid vehicle, which is available as an option with an 80-litre diesel tank, can therefore be calculated at some 2129 kilometres (1323 mi).

E 300 BlueTec HYBRID

E 300 BlueTec HYBRID

Admittedly, on their journey across two continents, four countries and through three time zones, the adventurous journalist and his companion made sure that they adopted a fuel-efficient driving style, however at times their progress was made difficult by heavy rain, high temperatures, big differences in altitude and also heavy rush-hour traffic. Nevertheless they ultimately posted an average consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km (61.89 mpg/US, 26.31 km/l) of diesel  – combined consumption figures of 3.8 to 4.1 litres (corresponding to 99 to 109 grams of CO2 per kilometre) indicated by the manufacturer. As a result, the 27-hour long-distance journey is not only proof of the outstanding practical qualities of the innovative hybrid technology of Mercedes-Benz, but also demonstrates that the consumption figures indicated by the Stuttgart-based premium brand are both realistic and applicable in everyday use.

Engine compartment of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID

Engine compartment of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID

Despite its frugal use of fuel, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID boasts spirited driving pleasure. Its four-cylinder diesel engine (150 kW / 204 hp), which is combined with an electric motor (20 kW / 27 hp), accelerates the Saloon from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mi) in 7.1 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph). The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID therefore justifiably occupies a leading position among the most economical models in the upper medium-size category in every respect.

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