Fuel-saving Sprinters go countrywide
Friday, October 10, 2008
They're all equipped with ECO-Start. It stops the engine when the vehicle is stationary — at the traffic lights for instance — for more than two seconds, then starts it again when the driver depresses the clutch pedal.
Mercedes-Benz is distributing 50 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter demonstrators fitted with a clever fuel economy device around the UK.
An early version of the system tested by journalists produced fuel savings of more than 10 per cent over a standard Sprinter. Available on all new Sprinters with four-cylinder engines and manual gearboxes, ECO-Start cuts harmful exhaust emissions too.
It costs £155, but the need for an up-rated battery and alternator boosts the total bill to £545.
One early adopter is Brighouse, West Yorkshire based roofing and building maintenance company Ploughcroft. It's acquired three medium-length high-roof Sprinter 209CDI vans equipped with the system through Bradford dealer Northside Truck & Van.
“We're already achieving a 10 per cent reduction in fuel costs compared with the non-Mercedes vans they've replaced,” says managing director, Chris Hopkins.