New Mercedes Actros Sets Fuel-efficency Standard on 10,000KM Test

Just last week, we were informing you of a new generation of Mercedes Benz Actros truck that has been specially designed for long-distance hauling. Now, after a full 10,000 kilometers of testing, the company has officially revealed the official economy and efficiency figures for the new Euro VI engine.

The big news is that the engine cuts 4.5 percent off the old generation’s consumption and offers low emissions which undercut the currently valid standards by up to 80 percent. There’s also an Euro V version that runs even more efficiently - the 1845 BlueTec 5 Actros ran on 7.6 percent less diesel in the 10,000 long-haul comparative test drive than the current Actros 1844 BlueTec 5 model.

Over the 10,000 kilometer test cycle, the benchmark (old) 1844 BlueTec 5 set a reference value of 27.1 litres per 100 kilometers. Meanwhile, the less polluting Actros 1845 BlueTec 6 undercut the benchmark by 4.5 percent, running on 25.9 l per 100 km.

“Three Actros models - an 1844 BlueTec 5 and two new variants in the guise of an Actros 1845 BlueTec 6 and a BlueTec 5 - each covered just over 10,000 km in seven 24-hour shifts. The average daily mileage stood at 1600 km, breaking down into an 800 km day shift and a night shift of equal length. Each shift was shared by two Mercedes-Benz works drivers at the wheel of each vehicle,”
Mercedes says.

The average fuel consumption was determined under the super­vision of a test engineer from the Dekra inspection agency. In addition to refueling operations, the entire comparative fuel consumption test was under the Dekra inspector's overall super­vision. The established absolute and relative fuel consumption values are based exclusively on the reference data determined under this regime. The diesel fuel and the engine oil for the week-long tour were provided by Mercedes-Benz's partner Shell.
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