Hypermileing is a growing trend these days as folks try to conserve as much fuel and money as possible. But even the best efforts are vain attempts when compared to a driver with a good tool. Turns out, the best tool (most efficient) is the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid . Fitted with a diesel engine, an electric hybrid drive system, and the factory-optional large-capacity fuel tank, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid can drive an amazing 1,223 miles on one tank of fuel.
The feat was accomplished by British automotive journalist Andrew Frankel in a massive undertaking of driving from Tangier in Northern Africa to the United Kingdom. The journey trekked through two continents, four countries, and three time zones in a total of 27 hours of drive time.
Frankel and the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid’s final destination was the Goodwood Festival of Speed , slotted to show off the car’s amazing fuel efficiency and range at the ‘First Glance’ paddock. Even with hitting heavy rain and thick traffic, the car still averaged 73.6 mpg. The larger, 21-gallon fuel tank used is a regular factory option, costing £100, or roughly $170 U.S. dollars as of 7/1/2014, helped ensure the trip would be completed without a single fuel stop.
When Frankel arrived at Goodwood, the fuel readout still showed another 100 miles worth of driving range. If he’d kept driving, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid could have potentially covered 1,323 miles of road without a single stop.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class .
Why It Matters
Exceptional ranges with cars is something to be proud of, especially for large sedans like the Mercedes E-Class. But what’s more important is the car’s overall average of 73.6 mpg. Combining a diesel engine with a hybrid power system makes for a solid choice of powertrain for those looking for a long-haul highway cruiser. This test put on by Mercedes is a testament to that. Perhaps its diesel-hybrid powertrains like this that will finally break the bad stereotype diesels have endured within the United States. Folks would likely be happy to achieve 70+ mpg in their large sedan. Just imagine what such a drivetrain could do in a smaller C-Class .
The standard mill is the twin-turbo 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder.
The E-Class is one of Mercedes most luxurious vehicles on the road, with only the S-Class topping it in size and refinement. The car is available in both the standard sedan and optional wagon configurations and has a bevy of engine options to chose from.
The standard mill is the twin-turbo, 2.1-liter, diesel four-cylinder. The 3.5-liter, gasoline V-6 is the volume engine, while a hybrid system can come connected to it for added fuel efficiency. The 4.6-liter, biturbo V-8; 5.5-liter; biturbo V-8; and the 5.5-liter AMG biturbo V-8 are also offered.
Starting price for the E-Class starts at $51,400 for the E 250 BlueTEC sedan and rises to $99,770 for the E 63 AMG S-Model. Unfortunately, the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid won’t make its way into the U.S. Our European friends will get to enjoy it for a starting price of £39,880, or roughly $67,863 U.S. dollars as of 7/1/2014.
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A standard, British-registered Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has driven from Africa to the UK non-stop on one tank of fuel.
British journalist Andrew Frankel was behind the adventure. Averaging 73.6 mpg (3.1 l/100 km), the journey took him from Tangier in Northern Africa to the UK, visiting two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours on the road which he shared with a relief driver – arriving at Goodwood in time for its appearance at the Festival of Speed having covered a total of 1,223-miles (1,968 km).
The original intention was simply to see if it were possible to get to the UK without refuelling, but on arriving at Goodwood and the Festival of Speed late last night the fuel gauge was yet to register empty, the car estimating an available range of 100-miles (160 km) – equating to a range of 1,323-miles (2,129 km).
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. Despite the focus on economy on the run from Africa, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which emits just 109g/km of CO2, is no slouch. Its 204 hp diesel engine and 27 hp electric motor combine to allow it to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 7.5-seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 150 mph. It’s equipped with COMAND, automatic climate control, DAB (useful on long journeys) and leather upholstery with heated front seats as standard.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – which has travelled further than any standard E-Class has ever achieved - can be seen in action throughout the weekend as part of the ‘First Glance’ paddock.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is available as a Saloon or an Estate with prices starting from £39,880.