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20 May 2019

From Morocco to the UK on a Single Tank of Fuel

In my previous blog post I covered how hybrid technology is making its way into the world's most expensive super cars and how those super cars essentially employ electric motors to fill the torque gap of the petrol engines at low RPM.

This time we look at another aspect of hybrids; fuel economy.

Is it possible to drive a super-frugal Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid from Africa to the UK on one tank of diesel? Hybrids deliver amazing fuel economies but is it even possible to consider such a long trip on a single tank?


Yes 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 having covered a total of 1,223-miles (1,968 km).

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