After being tested for 10,000 kilometers, Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros could now officially claim to have both ultra-low fuel consumption and ultra-low exhaust emissions. This Euro VI-compliant, heavy-duty truck, offers low emissions, which undercut the current standards by up to 80 percent.
Meanwhile, the new generation of vehicles that has been fully redesigned to comply with Euro VI operates on 4.5 percent less diesel than the current Actros heavy-duty truck. This result bears out Daimler's undertaking that the new Actros will settle more stringent standards for environmental protection with further enhanced economic performance.
Additionally, the reduced fuel consumption also lowers the environmental impact of CO2 emissions by making cuts on a comparable scale. Truck operators who purchase the new Actros in the optionally available Euro V version will enjoy the even more transport efficiency per liter of fuel compared to the current model.
For example, a new truck model 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. The absolute figures measured throughout the 10,000-kilometre test are impressive. The tried-and-tested Actros 1844 BlueTec 5 set a reference value of 27.1 liters per hundred kilometers.
With the optional Nardo specification, the test truck was designed for minimum road resistance. The follow-up Actros 1845 BlueTec 6 model, which runs on 25.9 l per 100 km, nevertheless undercut this benchmark by 4.5 percent
. By 2014, the Euro VI emissions standard will be mandatory in the EU. The Euro V emission control, which is optionally available, brought the new Actros 1845 BlueTec 5 down to 7.6 points below the 100 percent reference line.
Moreover, AdBlue consumption is also reduced drastically in the new Actros from Mercedes Benz. The comparative test drive from Rotterdam to Stettin and vice versa revealed a difference of greater than 40 percentage points between the current Mercedes-Benz 1844 LS (1.55 l/100 km) and the latest Euro VI-compliant Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS (0.86 l/100 km). The Euro V version’s AdBlue consumption on this route was computed to be just under 1.1 l per 100 km.