From Morocco to England on one tank of diesel

From Morocco to England on one tank of diesel

A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid sedan has travelled the 1968km from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England without having to refuel, while still having enough fuel left for a further 160km.

British journalist Andrew Frankel and a 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 more than 27 hours.

On arrival the speedometer showed that a distance of 1968 kms had been covered, and the fuel gauge still showed that there was enough fuel left over for around a further 160 kilometres. The total range of the hybrid vehicle, which is available as an option with an 80-litre diesel tank, can be calculated at some 2129 kilometres.

On their journey across two continents, four countries and through three time zones, the 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 3.8L of diesel per 100 kms – combined consumption figures of 3.8 to 4.1L – indicated by the manufacturer.

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid sedan is equipped with a 150kW four-cylinder diesel engine combined with a 20kW electric motor which provides it with a standing start to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 242 km/h.

The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid sedan is available in New Zealand dealerships priced from $139,290 plus options and on road costs.

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