One tank of fuel gets the E-Class across two continents

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:57
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Surely the ‘E’ in E-Class should stand for epic?

When it comes to fleet management, obviously one of the biggest deciding factors for fleet managers is what the fuel consumption is on the vehicle.

While there are other factors of equal importance, fuel is the biggest outlay over the course of a fleet’s life. So it was with some amazement that we saw the news that a standard, British-registered Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID had driven from Africa to the UK non-stop on one tank of fuel.

Averaging 73.6 mpg, the journey took British journalist Andrew Frankel from Tangier in Northern Africa to the UK, crossing two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours on the road. Andrew and his relief driver arrived at Goodwood in time for the cars appearance at the Festival of Speed having covered a total of 1,223-miles.

During the course of the journey Andrew encountered heavy rain, intense heat, rush hour traffic jams and dramatic elevation changes – providing a real challenge to the aim of travelling from Africa to the UK without the need to fill up.

The car, fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank (a popular £100 option), was scrupulously standard – enduring the 26 hours of driving with relative ease. In fact upon arriving at Goodwood and the Festival of Speed late on Saturday night, the fuel gauge was yet to register empty!

Surely the ‘E’ in E-Class should stand for epic?

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