Fuel-efficient Sprinter model added to Mercedes van range
A new Mercedes Sprinter model with anECO-Start system promises to reduce fuel bills and lower harmful exhaust emissions.
ECO-Start works by simply cutting the engine when the vehicle is stationary for more than two seconds.
It automatically re-starts when the driver depresses the clutch pedal. For multi-drop delivery operations or driving through busy town and city centres, or in heavy traffic, the savings to operators are potentially significant.
The ECO-Start system is an option on all new Mercedes Sprinters with four-cylinder engines and manual gearboxes. ECO-Start is an enhanced version of the Motor Start Stop (MSS) system, which worked in a similar way on previous model Sprinters.
“Our own tests in the UK have shown a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 6%,” commented John Reed, product manager, Mercedes Sprinter. “So operators in urban environments have everything to gain with ECO-Start.”
ECO-Start, plus uprated battery and alternator, retails for £545.